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Spring, Arnside Knot from Warton Crag

Daniel Alexander Williamson, 1863

WAG 784

About this object

Living first at Warton-in-Carnforth and subsequently at Broughton-in-Furness, Williamson painted the local landscape in watercolour and oil. His bright Pre-Raphaelite palette was used in his Warton Crag pictures to capture the strength of local colour in very hot weather. The distant view of Coniston Old Man is seen with its encircling hills in the sharp focus of a clear summer day.

The rich purple and yellows used to paint the heather and broom in this scene have the same acid sharpness as many of the Pre-Raphaelite painter William Holman Hunt's (1827-1910) pictures. The detailed depiction of the sheep and the limestone rocks appear to be influenced by Hunt’s painting 'Strayed Sheep' (Tate, London).This painting was made during the 1860s when Williamson painted in a Pre-Raphaelite style.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Spring, Arnside Knot and Coniston range of hills from Warton Crag
  • Artist(s)
    Daniel Alexander Williamson (British: English, born:1823-09-24, died:1903-02-12)
  • Date
    1863
  • Materials
    Oil paint; Canvas
  • Measurements
    canvas/support: 27 cm x 40.6 cm x 6.3 cm
  • Physical description
    A landscape view of colourful foliage and flowering gorse in the foreground with a purple-toned mountain range in the distance. There are rocks in the bottom left section. There is a rabbit bottom right.
  • Related people
    Edward Quaile (Previous owner) ; James Smith (Previous owner) ; Daniel Alexander Williamson (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 784
  • Credit line
    Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by James Smith of Blundellsands in 1923
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

Ownership

Previous owners

  • James Smith

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1923
    Disposal method: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery in 1923
  • Edward Quaile

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased directly from the artist
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded

Inscriptions

Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: DAW
    Inscription method: in monogram; Label
    Inscription note: Could be by the artist
    Inscription location: Back
  • Inscription text: Spring, Arnside Knot and Coniston range of hills from / Warton Crag / Painted 1863 / J S.
    Inscription method: Label
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Back
  • Inscription text: Quade collection. Gorse in flower...... Bought direct from artist by Mr Quade.
    Inscription method: Label
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Back
  • Inscription text: J Smith property label. No 54
    Inscription method: Label
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Back
Object view = Fine Art
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