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Oil painting - A Distant View of Windsor from St George's Hill
  • A Distant View of Windsor from St George's Hill
    Frederick Lee, born 1798 - died 1879
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A Distant View of Windsor from St George's Hill

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Windsor, England (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1840 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Frederick Lee, born 1798 - died 1879 (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on millboard

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

  • Museum number:

    FA.108[O]

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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Physical description

An oil painting depicting a hilly landscape with a road curving past a grove of trees; two small figures stand in the road in the foreground at left. Windsor Castle is visible in the distance.

Place of Origin

Windsor, England (probably, painted)

Date

ca. 1840 (painted)

Artist/maker

Frederick Lee, born 1798 - died 1879 (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

Oil on millboard

Marks and inscriptions

'No 6/View of Windsor Castle from St George's Hill/F R Lee RA/16 Norton Street Portland Place'

Dimensions

Height: 25 cm approx., Width: 35.2 cm approx.

Object history note

Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857.

Descriptive line

Oil painting entitled 'A Distant View of Windsor from St George's Hill' by Frederick Richard Lee. Great Britain, ca. 1840.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 155
The following is the full text entry:

"LEE, Frederick Richard, RA (1798/?9-1879)
Born Barnstaple, Devon, 1798 or 1799. Served in the army, retired because of ill-health, and entered RA Schools 1818. Exhibited 171 landscapes at the RA between 1824 and 1870,131 at the BI 1822-55, and 24 at the SBA 1825-37. Subjects mainly views in Devon, but also elsewhere in England, Wales and Scotland; visited, in his yacht, France, Spain and Italy. From 1847 he collaborated regularly with the animal painter T S Cooper and sometimes with Sir Edwin Landseer. Elected ARA 1834, RA 1838. According to Cooper, he saw painting 'more of a pastime than as a business, and he always gave me the impression that he considered the profession beneath him'. Retired from the RA 1871, and died at Vleeson Bank, South Africa, 5 June 1879.
LIT: Athenaeum 12 July 1879, p58 (obit); Art Journal 1879, p184 (obit); T S Cooper My Life 1890, I, pp325-30
A Distant View of Windsor from St George's Hill
FA 108 Neg GA1193
Millboard, 25 X 35.2 cm (9 ? X 13 ? ins) Sheepshanks Gift 1857
A label on the back is inscribed in the artist's hand 'No 6/View of Windsor Castle from St George's Hill/F R Lee RA/16 Norton Street Portland Place'. Lee was elected RA in 1838, and submitted paintings from that address between 1824 and 1841. Lee exhibited a large (53 by 77 inches, including frame) painting of the same subject at the BI in 1840 (149).

Wooded Glen 1827-1888 Neg 34013
Canvas, 74.8 X 105.3 cm (29 ½ X 41½ ins)
Signed and dated 'F R Lee RA/T S Cooper ARA 1860' bl Given by Mrs Charles Rivas 1888
The cattle, and presumably the sheep, were painted by Cooper. The two artists regularly collaborated from 1847; according to Cooper, 'We settled that he should paint the landscape part first, and send the picture up to me in an advanced state, the part where I was to introduce the cattle being only just coloured over (p329)'. The painting does not seem to have been exhibited.

Ronald Parkinson"

Materials

Oil paint; Millboard

Techniques

Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Landscapes; Castle; Windsor; Weybridge

Categories

Paintings

Collection code

PDP

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