Friday, November 27, 2015

English paintings at the Ashmolean Museum, 19th century

Lawrence Alma-Tadema
A corner of the garden at the Villa Borghese, Rome
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Lawrence Alma-Tadema painted his chosen corner of the Borghese Gardens in the middle 1870s. But the majority of the other 19th-century English paintings in the Ashmolean Museum were set in England and painted in England. The exceptions  like the Alma-Tadema above and the Calvert below  are expressions of romantic commitment to a Mediterranean fantasy-world.

Edward Calvert
In the Aegean Sea
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

George Clausen
Farmer's Boy
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

The portrait above by George Clausen accomplished everything and more that Andrew Wyeth in America was to attempt a few generations later during the most over-praised and over-promoted career of the 20th century. Even decades after his death the well-marketed Wyeth remains a familiar name, while the shade of George Clausen endures near-complete oblivion.

John Constable
Vale of Dedham seen from Langham 
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Lionel Constable
View of Hampstead looking towards Harrow
19th century
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

David Cox
Garden Terrace at Haddon Hall
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

William Daniels
The Goldfish Bowl
19th century
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

George Jones
Turner's Body Lying in State in the Gallery at Queen Anne Street
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Samuel Palmer
The White Cloud
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

John Pettie
Portrait of the Artist's Wife
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Thomas Sully
The Love Letter
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford