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Morning on the banks of Zurich Lake with pilgrims embarking on the way to Einsettlin Francis Danby



Country of origin: England

Medium: Oil on panel

Signed: Signed and titled in the artists hand verso

Dated: 1849

Condition: Very good condition

Size: 6.50" x 8.75" (16.5cm x 22.2cm)

Framed size: 12.00" x 14.25" (30.5cm x 36.2cm)

Provenance: Royal Academy Exhibition 1849
Manchester Art Treasures 1857, no 578
Lord Charles Vere Townshend; Christie's London, 13 May 1854 - sold for £693

Further information

This work is featured in Eric Adams’s Francis Danby: varieties of poetic landscape, Mellon 1973
With many thanks to Dr Jenny Gaschke and Francis Greenacre for their assistance in researching and authenticating this painting and providing its history<

Artist biography

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Francis Danby was taught the rudiments of painting by the landscape artist O'Connor, from Dublin. He started at a very early age, exhibiting his first landscape, Evening, in Dublin in 1812. In 1813, Danby, O'Connor and Georges Pétrie went to London. Danby sold a few drawings in Bristol, the proceeds of the sale paying the group's expenses. The young landscape artist, encouraged by this success, settled in Bristol for several years, making a living from giving watercolour classes, and occasionally sending paintings to the Royal Academy. He became an associate of the Royal Academy in 1925 with his work, The Delivery of Israel out of Egypt. In 1830, he fell out with the Academy and left England, living in Switzerland for 11 years, where he spent his time building boats, hunting and producing to order little paintings of no value. During his absence, he only sent two paintings to the annual London exhibition, The Golden Age and The Jewels She Was Wearing Were Rich and Rare.   Group Exhibitions   1973, The Bristol School of Artists: Francis Danby and Painting in Bristol, City Art Gallery, Bristol 1995, The Perfection of England: Artist Visitors to Devon c.1750-1870, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter 2007, British Vision: Observation and Imagination 1750-1950, Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent Solo Exhibitions   1961, City Art Gallery, Bristol 1988, Tate Gallery, London and City Art Gallery, Bristol Museum and Gallery Holdings   Bath (Victoria AG): Opening of the Sixth Seal (c. 1828, oil on canvas) Bristol (City Mus. & AG): Boys Sailing a Little Boat (c. 1822, oil on canvas); Sunset at Sea after a Storm (c. 1824, oil on canvas); View of Blaise Castle Woods (oil on canvas); View of the Avon Gorge (oil on canvas) Dublin: End of the World; Last Rays of the Sun Edinburgh (Nat. Gal. of Scotland, Print Room): Landscape Composition: Woodland Pool with Seated Figure (sepia); Landscape with Temple and Figures (drawing) Exeter (Royal Albert Memorial Mus.): Dead Calm: Sunset at the Bight of Exmouth (1855, oil on canvas) Geneva (MAH): Baptism of Jesus Leicester: St Vincent's Rocks; Bristol Canal; Lord Clifford's Park; King's Weston London (Royal Academy of Arts): The Crucifixion (c. 1835, watercolour and gouache) London (Tate Collection): Children by a Brook (c. 1822, oil on canvas); Liensfiord, Norway: Calm (c. 1835, oil on wood); The Deluge (exhibited 1840, oil on canvas); The Wood Nymph's Hymn to the Rising Sun (1845, oil on canvas) London (Sir John Soane's Mus.): Scene from 'The Merchant of Venice' (c. 1828) London (Victoria and Albert Mus.): Disappointed Love (1821); Liensford Lake; Poison Tree, Java; Painter's Holiday; Fisherman's Home at Sunrise; Portrait of Sir Sam. Egerton Brydges; On the Avon; Watercourse; Sir Samuel Egerton New Haven (Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection): The Avon Gorge Looking Towards Clifton (c. 1820-1821) Preston (Harris Mus. and AG): The Delivery of Israel - Pharaoh and his Hosts overwhelmed in the Red Sea (1825) Sheffield: Tempé Valley Sydney (AG of New South Wales): The Three Sisters of Phaeton Weeping over the Tomb of their Brother (1845, oil on canvas) Washington DC (NGA): 3 drawings Washington DC (Smithsonian American AM): Burning of an Old Boat (watercolour) Wolverhampton (AG): The Shipwreck (1859)

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Windsor Great Park Francis Danby

c. 1830
Oil on original canvas


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Windsor Great Park
by Francis Danby - Sold