Oil Painting
1865 (painted)
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object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Oil on canvas
Brief Description
Oil painting, 'Politicians', Charles Meer Webb, 1865
  • Estimate height: 20.25in
  • Estimate width: 23in
Marks and Inscriptions
'C M Webb 1865' (Signed and dated by the artist)
Credit line
Bequeathed by John Forster
Object history
Bequeathed by John Forster, 1876

Charles Meer Webb (1830-1895) was born on 16th July 1830, probably near London, although some reports suggest that his birth was at Breda in the Netherlands. He studied art at the Academies of Amsterdam, Anvers and Düsseldorf. Webb moved to the latter in 1848 and whilst there he became a pupil of Wilhelm Camphausen. He occasionally worked in Anvers and Cleves but settled and remained largely in Düsseldorf for the majority of his life. He made a name for himself particularly as a painter of genre subjects and some of his most successful and well received paintings were taken from English life and history. He died in early December 1895 from injuries sustained from a fall.

Politicians is painted in a style that was typical of Webb’s genre paintings. The scene depicted is a rustic interior abounding with the accoutrements of everyday life. It was painted at Düsseldorf for John Forster in 1865 for the sum of £50.

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record createdFebruary 20, 2007
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