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The Dragon's Den

James Campbell, 1854 first exhibited

WAG 9742

About this object

Usually a genre painter, Campbell was also noted among his admirers for his landscapes. This tiny canvas was painted from nature. It shows a cave known as 'Dunald Mill Hole' close to the village of Nether Kellett, near Carnforth in Lancashire. Campbell adds a romantic note with the inclusion of the figure of St George.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    James Campbell (British: English, born:17? February 1823, died:25 December 1893)
  • Date
    1854 first exhibited
  • Materials
    Oil; Canvas
  • Measurements
    canvas/support: 40.1 cm x 40.1 cm
  • Physical description
    A figure approaches a dark rocky cave surrounded by green foliage.
  • Related people
    Boydell Galleries (Previous owner); James Campbell (Artist/maker); John Miller (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 9742
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in 1980
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Boydell Galleries

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1980-06
    Disposal method: Sold to the Walker Art Gallery
  • John Miller

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1881-05-06
    Disposal method: Sold at Branche and Leete, Liverpool (lot 249)

Inscriptions

Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: The Dragons Den / by / James (or Jas) ....bell / Liverpool / A(? nnie) Miller / near (Kildice) / (? from) / J. Miller(?)
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  • Inscription text: The Dragon's Den, James Campbell, Liverpool
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Object view = Fine Art
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