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John Ingle Lee, 1860-06

WAG 601

About this object

Nothing is known about the genesis of this picture, exhibited in 1860 at the Liverpool Academy under the title 'The Young Carriers'. The fresh mountainous landscape and the children are possibly both intended to be Welsh.

Lee used minute stippled strokes of pure colour on a white ground, and his strident greens, pinks and mauves recall the palette of Pre-Raphaelite painter William Holman Hunt (1829-1910).

The proportions are odd and the perspective quirky - indicating inexperience - and the rather large heads are characteristic of the very few paintings now known from his short career.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    John Ingle Lee (British, born:1839, died:1882)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Oil; Canvas
  • Measurements
    canvas/support: 46.2 cm x 37 cm
  • Physical description
    Two figures; a girl on a donkey carrying a basket in the centre and a boy walking beside her on the right carrying a sack over his shoulder. They are making their way through grassy countryside. There is another donkey in the background on the left with trees and mountain beyond.
  • Related people
    John Elliot (Previous owner); John Ingle Lee (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 601
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by John Elliot in 1917
  • Location
    Walker Art Gallery, Room 06
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

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Previous owners

  • John Elliot

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1917-05
    Disposal method: Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: June JIL 1860 (initials in monogram)
    Inscription method:
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; Lower right
Object view = Fine Art
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