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Oil painting - Dort (Dordrecht)

Dort (Dordrecht)

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Date:

    1841 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Callcott, Augustus Wall (Sir), born 1779 - died 1844 (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on panel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

  • Museum number:

    FA.11[O]

  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 122, case WS

Object Type
This oil painting is typical of the artist's picturesque style, influenced by Dutch traditions. Such depiction of the effects of light and atmosphere was very popular with the major patrons of the day.

People
Augustus Wall Callcott (1779-1844) was trained at the Schools of the Royal Academy and was principally a landscape painter whose preference was for coastal and marine scenes. This view was executed late in Callcott's career. It reveals a similarity between his work and that of the 17th-century Dutch lanscape painters that was being eagerly collected in Britain.

Subjects Depicted
The painting, which depicts a herd of cattle with the Dutch town of Dort or Dordrecht in the distance, is typical of thousands of landscapes in the Dutch style. The imagery of a townscape in the background, with its tall spires, and the peaceable cattle in the foreground, was a useful formula for the imitation of old master painting by British Victorian artists.

Physical description

Oil painting depicting cows with Dordrecht in the background.

Date

1841 (painted)

Artist/maker

Callcott, Augustus Wall (Sir), born 1779 - died 1844 (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

oil on panel

Marks and inscriptions

'A W Callcott 1841'
Signed and dated by the artist, lower right

Dimensions

Height: 31.7 cm, Width: 76.2 cm, Depth: 6.2 cm, Height: 55.9 cm framed, Width: 99.8 cm framed, Depth: 80 mm framed

Object history note

Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857. By Sir Augustus Wall Callcott, RA (born in London 1779, died there in 1844)

Exhibited at the Royal Academy 1842

Descriptive line

Oil painting by Augustus Wall Callcott depicting cows with Dort or Dordrecht in the background. British School, 1841.

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

Parkinson, R., Victoria and Albert Museum,Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 19

Labels and date

British Galleries:
This painting of a herd of cattle with the Dutch town of Dort in the distance is typical of the artist's picturesque style, influenced by Dutch traditions. His painting of the effects of light and atmosphere in coastal or marine scenes was hugely popular with the major patrons of the day. [27/03/2003]

Production Note

dated 1841

Materials

Oil paint; Panel

Techniques

Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Cows; Rural areas; Landscapes

Categories

British Galleries; Paintings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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