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Oil painting - Scene on the Tummel, Perthshire
  • Scene on the Tummel, Perthshire
    Creswick, Thomas, born 1811 - died 1869
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Scene on the Tummel, Perthshire

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    1844 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Creswick, Thomas, born 1811 - died 1869 (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 122, case WN

Object Type
Landscape painting in oil became steadily more popular throughout the 19th century. John Constable and J.M.W. Turner take credit for establishing landscape as a suitable theme for oil painting. Until then, history paintings had been considered more important, but increasingly naturalistic oil paintings of picturesque views of the British landscape appealed to a wider section of the art-buying public.

Subjects Depicted
The scene is the falls of the River Tummel, near Pitlochry in Scotland. The Pass of Killicrankie is in the background, while the promontory on the left is 'The Giant's Steps.' The image of a stream flowing through a mountainous landscape was a favourite of the artist, and is indeed one of the most commonly represented in Victorian landscapes.

Thomas Creswick (1811-1869) was a native of Sheffield but settled in London in 1828. He exhibited 139 works at the Royal Academy, which were mostly landscapes and coastal scenes. Creswick was admired particularly in the later 1840s and 1850s for his truth to nature and the charm of his compositions; his later works were criticised as being too dark and brown in tone.

Physical description

Oil on canvas depicting a landscape with cascading mountain stream in Scotland

Place of Origin

Britain (painted)


1844 (made)


Creswick, Thomas, born 1811 - died 1869 (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

oil on canvas


Height: 91.5 cm, Width: 71.1 cm, Depth: 6.5 cm, Height: 118 cm framed, Width: 99 cm framed

Object history note

Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857. By Thomas Creswick RA (born in Sheffield, 1811, died in London, 1869)

Exhibited at the Royal Academy 1844

Descriptive line

Oil painting depicting a scene on the Tummel, Perthshire, by Thomas Creswick. Great Britain, 1844.

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

Parkinson, R., Victoria and Albert Museum, Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, London: HMSO, 1990, pp. 52-53

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British Galleries:
The image of a stream flowing through a mountainous landscape was a favourite of the artist, Thomas Creswick, and was frequently represented in Victorian landscapes. Creswick was an established British landscape painter. Dramatic landscapes were popular but not challenging subjects, enjoyed by the many who visited the new National Gallery of British Art. [27/03/2003]


Oil paint; Canvas


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Mountain stream


Paintings; British Galleries; Scotland


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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