Friday, January 21, 2011
John Brett - Cornish Coast near Newquay
inscribed and dated June of 79 (lower left)
oil on canvas
In 1853 John Brett became a student in the Royal Academy Schools. An avid reader of Ruskin's work, he set off for Switzerland in 1856 and again in 1858. In the 1860s he visited Italy, notably Florence and Naples. His most successful paintings were panoramic views of the sea, such as 'British Channel seen from the Dorsetshire Cliffs' (1871, London, Tate Gallery) and 'Britannia's Realm' (1880, London, Tate Gallery), see D. Cordingly in 'Dictionary of Art', London 1996, vol. 4, p. 756-757.