A view of Coniston
Philip Reinagle RA (1749 - 1833)
RA Collection: Art
These drawings by Philip Reinagle all show views in the Lake District. Reinagle visited this area and exhibited several paintings of its impressive scenery. One painting, entitled 'View of Coniston' was shown at the British Institution in 1809 and another, 'View of the Old Man Mountain on Coniston Lake, Westmoreland, with a fine Group of Cattle in the Foreground: Evening', described as 'a splendid picture; one of his chef d'oeuvres' was part of a sale of Reinagle's work and collection held in April 1821 at Christie's in London.
Philip Reinagle trained with Allan Ramsay and began his career as a portraitist. He soon moved away from this genre, however, and by 1800 he was known as a landscape and animal painter. The exhibition catalogues of the Royal Academy and the British Institution at this time reveal that he continued to paint landscapes, many featuring cattle or sporting scenes, throughout his life and was still exhibiting in 1827. He painted not only English, Scottish and Welsh landscapes but also Italian and Portuguese scenes. The landscape drawings by Reinagle in the Royal Academy collection are mostly British, featuring views of the Lake District, Snowdonia, Surrey and Yorkshire. Reinagle and his son, Ramsay Richard Reinagle, were adept copyists and in addition to painting their own scenes for exhibition they also painted landscapes in the style of the Dutch masters. Both artists generated extra income by producing copies and carrying out restoration work.
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