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Oil painting - Coast scene

Coast scene

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Date:

    1863 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Webb, James (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Joshua Dixon

  • Museum number:

    1026-1886

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

James Webb (1825-1895) was a marine and landscape painter who exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Society of British Artists, the New Watercolour Society, the Grosvenor Gallery and the British Institution amongst other places between the years 1853 and 1888. He was a well-travelled artist, painting coastal scenes not only in parts of England and Wales, but also in Holland, Belgium and France and parts of the Rhine. He also travelled around the Mediterranean, using noticeably brighter colours than when he painted in Northern Europe. His travels took him as far as Constantinople, the waterfront of which he also painted. Webb painted in a robust, naturalistic style. His father was artist Archibald Webb, who too specialised in seascapes.

This coastal scene, characterised by detailed study of several ships under an expansive, domineering sky, is typical of Webb’s work. It has been suggested that it depicts an area of coast near Dordrecht. Webb is known to have painted extensively around this region.

Source:
Christopher Wood, Dictionary of Victorian Painters (Woodbridge: Antiques Collectors’ Club, 1971), p.186

Date

1863 (painted)

Artist/maker

Webb, James (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

Oil on canvas

Marks and inscriptions

'James Webb 1863'
Signed and dated by the artist

Dimensions

Height: 40.25 in estimate, Width: 66.375 in estimate, :

Object history note

Bequeathed by Joshua Dixon, 1886

James Webb exhibited 32 paintings at the RA between 1853 and 1888, mostly mostly marine and landscape subjects. He painted in England, Wales, Scotland, France, Holland and the Rhine.

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'Coast Scene', James Webb, 1863

Materials

Oil paint; Canvas

Techniques

Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Coast-lines

Categories

Paintings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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