5 July 2016
Francis Danby, A.R.A. (Wexford, Ireland 1793-1861 Exmouth, Devon)
View at Killarney
with inscription 'Killarney. Francis Danby ARA.' (verso, on the stretcher in the hand of James Danby, the artist's son)
oil on paper laid on canvas
6 ¼ x 9 in. (15.9 x 22.9 cm.)
The artist; Christie's, London, 17 June 1865, lot 19, (6 gns to Pennell).
Thomas Pemberton Junior.
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F. Greenacre, Francis Danby, 1793-1861, London, 1988, pp. 120-1.
Bristol, City of Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, and London, Tate Gallery, Francis Danby, 15 February - 9 April 1989, no. 50.
Although Danby seems not to have returned to Ireland after his move to England in 1813, he apparently brought sketches of Irish views over with him. According to correspondence between the artist and his friend and patron John Gibbons, he still had some ‘sketches’ of Ireland with him in Paris in 1837.
For a fuller discussion on the early provenance of this work see Francis Greenacre’s note in the catalogue accompanying the exhibition of Danby’s work at Bristol and the Tate Gallery, 1989, p. 121.
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