Circa 1850 Scotland
Follower of Alexander Nasmyth (1758-1840) A 19th Century Highland Landscape
Height 35 inches (89 cm)
Width 43 inches (109.25 cm)
Depth 3 1/2 inches (8.5 cm)
Follower of Alexander Nasmyth (1758-1840)
A mid-nineteenth century landscape, depicting a castle by a lake before mountain views. Housed in the original carved giltwood frame.
Dimensions refer to size of frame.
Landscape artists of the nineteenth century embraced the wide-reaching Romantic movement and infused their compositions with passion and drama. It was at this time that the genre finally emerged as truly respectable within the art academies of Europe. In England two of the foremost landscape painters were John Constable and J.M.W. Turner. Both artists worked on a grand scale to express the power of nature.
Alexander Nasmyth (1758-1840) helped formulate the tradition of Scottish landscape painting, which focused in the mid-nineteenth century on the Highlands.
He produced work in a large range of forms, including his portrait of Romantic poet Robert Burns, which depicts him against a dramatic Scottish background, but he is chiefly remembered for his landscapes and is described in the Oxford Dictionary of Art as “the founder of the Scottish landscape tradition”. This Scottish capriccio was clearly painted by a highly capable follower of the Nasmyth school.