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Title A River Scene with a Ferry
Alternative Title River Scene with Ferry Boat; View of Windermere near the Ferry - a Sunset?
Original Translation Scène de Rivière
Collection New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester
Artist Loutherbourg, Philip James de (French painter and scenographer, 1740-1812, active in Great Britain)
Date Earliest probably about 1785
Date Latest probably about 1786
Signed yes
Description This small oil painting was painted by the Alsatian artist Philip Jacques de Loutherbourg. He trained in Paris as a landscape painter and settled in England in 1771, where he designed scenery for David Garrick's theatrical productions and worked as an illustrator. The artist's travels often provided inspiration for his work. This landscape, with its dominant grey tones, is signed by the artist and is thought to have been painted on one of Loutherbourg's trips to the Lake District in the mid 1780s. It may be the View of Windermere near the Ferry - a Sunset exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1786.
Current Accession Number L.F4.1882.0.0
Former Accession Number 4 A1882
Inscription front ll 'P.J. de Loutherbourg'
Subject animal (horse); figure; landscape; marine; everyday life
Measurements 58.5 x 76.2 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased from Charles Kempson 1882, £25.
Principal Exhibitions Possibly Royal Academy, 1786, cat. no. 204, as View of Windermere near the Ferry - a Sunset; Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg, RA, 1740-1812, Kenwood House, 1973, cat. no. 33.
Publications Permanent Art Gallery Catalogue, Leicester, 1899, cat. no. 14; Leicester Museum and Art Gallery: Collection of Paintings, Leicester, 1958, cat. no. 95, ill. 5e; Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg, RA, 1740-1812, London, 1973, cat. no. 33, ill.; Bénézit, E., Dictionnaire Critique et Documentaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs de tous les temps et de tous les Pays, Paris, 1976, vol. 5, p. 645, as Scène de rivière;
Notes A note in the 1973 exhibition catalogue suggests that this work is identifiable with the painting exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1786.
Rights Owner Leicester City Museums Service
Author Dr Angela Smith



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