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A woodland landscape with river; landscape with river in centre foreground, trees either side and group of trees in middle distance, reflecting in a pool or river. c.1825-29
Brown washes and white chalk on blue-grey paper
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Height: 345 millimetres
Width: 508 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Danby was a member of the Bristol school of artists, and worked mostly in oil. In 1824 he exhibited a 'Sunset at Sea after a Storm' at the Royal Academy which astonished everyone and was purchased by Thomas Lawrence, the Academy's President. The artist moved to London where his success continued with subjects of love and enchantment set in romantic landscapes as well as large historical pieces reminiscient of John Martin's apocalyptic performances. In 1825 Danby visited Norway which left a deep impression, resulting in a series of moody monochromatic landscape sketches. This drawing is one of a group made after his return. Evocative of Claude's sepia landscapes, they convey the solitude of the Norwegian landscape haunted by the legendary heroes of ancient Norse poetry which had held great facination for the English from the end of the previous century.
See Eric Adams, 'Francis Danby', p. 189, no. 119.
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- Exhibition history
1995-6 Nov-Apr, BM, Recent Acquisitions (no cat.)
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- Acquisition notes
- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
The back of the frame, not original, bore a Manning Gallery (71 New Bond Street) label.
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