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Oil painting - Landscape
  • Landscape
    Reinagle, Philip, born 1749 - died 1833
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Landscape

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Date:

    1819 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Reinagle, Philip, born 1749 - died 1833 (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mrs A. B. Woodcroft

  • Museum number:

    480-1903

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

A ‘classical’ landscape painted in the manner of Claude Lorrain (1600-82). Reinagle’s adoption of this traditional style at a time when there were exciting developments in landscape painting, may reflect commercial considerations as Claude’s landscapes were still avidly collected by English connoisseurs.

Physical description

Landscape with a path winding from the right foreground to a tall, isolated tree in the middle distance, right. Three figures, a traveller on the path, and a reclining male and standing female on a slightly raised hillock in the foreground on which are also two sheep. A lake, partially hidden by trees, visible in the middle distance on the left and right. On a hill above the lake sits a manorial dwelling whilst on the horizon line, is a mountain and a church.

Date

1819 (painted)

Artist/maker

Reinagle, Philip, born 1749 - died 1833 (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

Oil on canvas

Marks and inscriptions

'Reinagle 1819'
Signed and dated by the artist

Dimensions

Height: 64.7cm cm estimate, Width: 89.5cm cm estimate

Object history note

Bequeathed by Mrs A. B. Woodcroft, 1903

Historical context note

This is an unidentified, perhaps, idealised view painted in the manner of the great, 17th- century, ‘classical’ landscapist Claude Lorrain (1600-82). The lone tree on the right, pushed back to the middle distance, is a typical ‘Claudian’ device which serves to open up the foreground whilst also guiding the eye to the distant landscape beyond.

The first two decades of the nineteenth century were a time of considerable ferment in British landscape painting which saw the emergence of John Constable (1776-1837) and J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Reinagle (1749-1833) was a near contemporary of both these artists and this ‘Claudian’ landscape, dated 1819, would have been seen as somewhat old-fashioned. The artist’s decision to paint in this style could reflect commercial considerations. Reinagle had a large family to support and may have sort to take advantage of the avid collecting of Claude Lorrain’s landscapes by English connoisseurs.

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'Landscape', Philip Reinagle, 1819

Materials

Oil paint; Canvas

Techniques

Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Landscape

Categories

Paintings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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