Friday, January 23, 2009

John William Inchbold

[The Lake of Lucerne, Mount Pilatus in the distance]
1857 (probably first exhibited in 1860)
oil on panel
Victoria and Albert Museum
Inchbold made three visits to Switzerland between 1856-8. His decision to paint the Alpine scenery was influenced by Ruskins Modern Painters and Ruskin helped pay for the journeys by commissioning drawings and offering hospitality. Ruskin wasn't particularly pleased with Inchbold's efforts and the pale colours go against the PRB's use of vivid colouring but seem more attractive today.

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