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Oil painting - Thirlmere, Cumberland
  • Thirlmere, Cumberland
    Pyne, James Baker, born 1800 - died 1870
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Thirlmere, Cumberland

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Thirlmere (painted)

  • Date:

    1867 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pyne, James Baker, born 1800 - died 1870 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Joshua Dixon

  • Museum number:

    1020-1886

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Romanticism in the visual arts often sought to imply that the magnitude of the subject and the artist's conception of it could not be contained within the confines of a frame of normal size. Pyne here increases our sense of vast scale not by physically expanding his canvas but by his compositional structure. The extent of the view seems limitless, into the distance as well as to both left and right, which well suits the subject: Cumberland is the north-westernmost county in England, adjoining the Scottish border, and renowned for its spectacular scenery, in the form of the Lakes and the Cumbrian Mountains. Pyne was a keen traveller, at home and abroad, and published two volumes of views in the Lake District in the 1850s. The rarified atmosphere, the silvery light filtering through the mists, appealed as much to Romantic sensibilities in the nineteenth century as it had to the seekers after the 'Picturesque' in the previous century. Pyne indicates the area's attraction for artists, amateur as well as professional, by including the family in the ferns on the right, the woman with her paintbox and drawing board contemplating the magnificent view.

Physical description

Landscape showing a lake between two hills. On the Hill to the right sits a family group including a woman sketching.

Place of Origin

Thirlmere (painted)

Date

1867 (painted)

Artist/maker

Pyne, James Baker, born 1800 - died 1870 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Oil on canvas

Marks and inscriptions

JB Pyne 1867 No 335
bottom right

Dimensions

Height: 85.7 cm estimate, Width: 131.5 cm estimate, Height: 129.8 cm framed, Width: 174.1 cm framed, :

Object history note

Bequeathed by Joshua Dixon, 1886. Originally bequeathed to 'the Bethnal Green branch of the South Kensington Museum' (extract from will on registered file).

Historical context note

Romanticism in the visual arts was on occasion expressed through size: either in tiny images such as the intricate fairy world of Richard Dadd and Noel Paton, or in very large paintings which implied that the magnitude of the subject and the artist's conception of it could not be contained within the confines of a frame of normal size. Pyne here increases our sense of vast scale not by physically expanding his canvas but by his compositional structure. The extent of the view seems limitless, into the distance as well as to both left and right, which well suits the subject: Cumberland is the north-westernmost county in England, adjoining the Scottish border, and renowned for its spectacular scenery, in the form of the Lakes and the Cumbrian Mountains. Pyne was a keen traveller, at home and abroad, and published two volumes of views in the Lake District in the 1850s. The rarified atmosphere, the silvery light filtering through the mists, appealed as much to Romantic sensibilities in the nineteenth century as it had to the seekers after the 'Picturesque' in the previous century. Pyne indicates the area's attraction for artists, amateur as well as professional, by including the family in the ferns on the right, the woman with her paintbox and drawing board contemplating the magnificent view.

Descriptive line

Oil on canvas, 'Thirlmere, Cumberland', James Baker Pyne, 1867

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

Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 235

Materials

Oil; Canvas

Techniques

Painted

Subjects depicted

Artists; Landscape; Mountains

Categories

Paintings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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