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Spring, Arnside Knot from Warton Crag

Daniel Alexander Williamson, Around 1863

WAG 784

Part of

Pre-Raphaelites collection

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 both the 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. 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:24 September 1823, died:12 February 1903)
  • Date
    Around 1863
  • Materials
    Oil; 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 tone mountain range in the distance.
  • Related people
    Quade (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
    Walker Art Gallery, Room 06
  • 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
  • Quade

    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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