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    Sale 7636

    Victorian & Traditionalist Pictures

    11 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 55

    William Huggins (1820-1884)

    Bideston Farmhouse

    Price Realised  


    William Huggins (1820-1884)
    Bideston Farmhouse
    signed 'W Huggins' (lower right)
    oil on board
    23 x 17¼ in. (58.5 x 44 cm.)

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    Bideston Farmhouse was painted at a turning point in Huggins' career, for not only was 1850 the year in which he was elected a full member of the Liverpool Academy, but that same year the London Pre-Raphaelites first exhibited in Liverpool. It was their influence that encouraged Huggins to paint in transparent glazes over a white ground. This work is an early example of this use of glazes, leaning toward Pre-Raphaelite techniques whilst retaining his visual acuity of observation reminiscent of John Sell Cotman.

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    Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool Academy Exhibition, September 1850, no. 211.