Fine 19th century oil on canvas landscape depicting the famous Haddon Hall by the important Victorian artist Arthur Gilbert. Excellent quality and condition work by this sought after member of the Williams family of painters. Signed lower left.
Artist: Arthur Gilbert (Englsh, 1819-1895)
Title: Haddon Hall
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 13.5 x 15.5 inches (34 x 40 cm) including frame
Small loss to frame lower right
Haddon Hall is an English country house on the River Wye near Bakewell, Derbyshire, a former seat of the Dukes of Rutland. It is the home of Lord Edward Manners (brother of the incumbent Duke) and his family. In form a medieval manor house, it has been described as "the most complete and most interesting house of [its] period". The origins of the hall are from the 11th century, with additions at various stages between the 13th and the 17th centuries, latterly in the Tudor style.
Arthur Gilbert was born Arthur Gilbert Frederick Williams on 19 December 1819 at Newington Butts Road in South East London. He was the fourth son of the painter Edward Williams (1781–1855) and Ann Hildebrandt (c.1780–1851), and a member of the Williams family of painters, who were related to such famous artists as James Ward, R.A. and George Morland.
His father was a well-known landscape artist, who taught him how to paint; otherwise he received no formal instruction. Arthur Gilbert was born into an artist family that is sometimes referred to as the Barnes School. His father and five surviving brothers (listed below) were all noted Victorian landscape painters. He was one of three of the sons of Edward Williams who changed their last names to protect the identity of their art.
Edward Williams (father)
Edward Charles Williams
Henry John Boddington
George Augustus Williams
Sidney Richard Percy
Alfred Walter Williams
Arthur Gilbert became known for painting moonlight and night scenes, as well as stark mountains landscapes, many of which were exhibited in London. He painted also two large pictures of Saint John the Baptist for the "atelier Jacques-Paul Migne" that are part of the triptych of the choir in the gothic church of Audresselles, sea-side village in France (Pas-de-Calais).
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