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Hawes Water

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    1859-65 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Holiday, Henry George Alexander, born 1839 - died 1927 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case TB, shelf 3C

Hawes Water is the most eastern of the famous lakes in Cumbria, England. Henry George Alexander Holiday (1839-1927) is not best known as a landscape painter. However, this scene has the same careful observation of nature and brilliance of light found in the work of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. This group of British artists, active from 1848 to 1853, believed in 'truth to nature'.
Holiday designed stained glass, mosaics and murals for new buildings, such as the town halls of Bradford and Rochdale in Yorkshire, England.

Physical description

Landscape depicting Hawes Water and Nadale Forest from Measland.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, painted)


1859-65 (painted)


Holiday, Henry George Alexander, born 1839 - died 1927 (artist)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 35 cm framed, Width: 42 cm framed

Object history note

Hawes Water is the easternmost of the famous Lakes, in Cumbria in the north of England. Although not primarily known as a landscape painter, Holiday brings the same observation of detail and brilliance of light as the best of the Pre-Raphaelites.

Descriptive line

Watercolour depicting Hawes Water and Nadale Forest from Measland by Henry George Alexander Holiday. Great Britain, Britain, ca. 1859.

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

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1927, London: Board of Education, 1928.

Production Note

the paper is watermarked 1859




Watercolour painting

Subjects depicted

Hills; Lakes; Landscapes (representations); Forests; Nature; Topographical views; Dry walls; Trees


Drawings; Paintings; Landscapes


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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