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Oil painting - Cromwell Road: The New Building of the Victoria and Albert Museum under Construction
  • Cromwell Road: The New Building of the Victoria and Albert Museum under Construction
    Neven du Mont, August L. M., born 1868 - died 1909
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Cromwell Road: The New Building of the Victoria and Albert Museum under Construction

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    London (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1906 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Neven du Mont, August L. M., born 1868 - died 1909 (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on panel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mark Neven du Mont, son of the artist

  • Museum number:

    P.23-1958

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Oil painting. Street view of the building of the V&A.

Place of Origin

London (painted)

Date

ca. 1906 (painted)

Artist/maker

Neven du Mont, August L. M., born 1868 - died 1909 (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

Oil on panel

Marks and inscriptions

"'London Scene". / Oil sketch by the late Aug. / Neven du Mont (1866 [sic]-1909) / of the Corner of Cromwell Place / and Cromwell Road with the / Victoria & Albert Museum being / built in the background / Probably about 1906'
Inscribed on a label on the back

'AUS DEM/NACHLASS/VON/A NEVEN DU MONT/LONDON OKT./1909'
A rubber stamp on the back

Dimensions

Height: 16 in approx., Width: 11.75 in approx., :

Object history note

Given by Mark Neven du Mont, the artist's son, 1958

Historical significance: August Neven Du Mont (1866-1909) was born in Cologne and studied at the Dusseldorf Academy, although he later settled in England. He painted both portraits and landscapes. The influence of Impressionism is evident in his work, and he was attracted by the problems of suggesting the fleeting effects of light in the medium of oil paint.

The South Kensington Museum underwent a major building programme between 1899 and 1909, when the architect Aston Webb was commissioned to provide new façades for the Exhibition Road and Brompton Road frontages and a grand entrance. On the occasion of Queen Victoria laying the foundation stone for this new building in 1899 it was renamed the Victoria and Albert Museum to commemorate the support given to its foundation by the Prince Consort. This building work attracted a number of artists. A pen and ink drawing of the Brompton Road frontage in 1906 by Louis Weirter in the collection (D.655-1906) shows scaffolding covering the whole of the front of the museum, including the dome.

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'Cromwell Road: the New Building of the Victoria and Albert Museum under Construction', August Neven du Mont, about 1906

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

A. Neven du Mont, exhibition catalogue, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne, 1958, cat. no. 25, plate 3

Materials

Oil paint; Panel

Techniques

Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Museum; Construction

Categories

Paintings; Tiles; History of the V&A

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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