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William Daniell RA, Deal Castle

Deal Castle, 1822

William Daniell RA (1769 - 1837)

RA Collection: Art

A view of Deal Castle, Kent by William Daniell who specialised in topographical scenes. As well as touring India with his uncle, Thomas Daniell, William also undertook a journey around Great Britain in 1813 with Richard Ayton. The whole tour was completed in stages, mostly by Daniell alone, over 10 years. His drawings were published as aquatints in Richard Ayton’s A Picturesque Voyage round Great Britain (1814–25).

The view of Deal Castle is Plate 231 in Volume 7 (published in 1824). This only difference between this drawing and the published print is the colouring, the drawing is in watercolour on brown paper, heightened with white but the print is in pale pastel colours.The drawing probably dates from 1822 when Daniell started at Sheerness in July and covered the south coast of England as far as Torquay. He returned to London at the end of September(plates 225-277).

This work comes from one of sixteen volumes of Royal Academy Annual Exhibition catalogues that were collected and extra-illustrated by the lawyer and antiquarian Edward Basil Jupp F.S.A. (1812 - 1877). The catalogues span the period from the first annual exhibition in 1769 up to 1875. Jupp added drawings, prints, letters and autographs by, or referring to, Academicians and other exhibitors at the Academy's annual exhibition.

E.B. Jupp was a solicitor who married Eliza Kay, daughter of the architect William Porden Kay. He was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a clerk of the Carpenters' Company, of which he published a history. Jupp amassed a large collection of paintings by British and Dutch artists, drawings, prints, books and porcelain most of which was sold after his death, at Christie's in February 1878.

Many of the drawings in Jupp's Royal Academy extra-illustrated volumes were bought from art sales during the 1860s. He was also acquainted with a number of contemporary artists and several drawings in the later volumes (along with many of the letters and autographs) were sent from the artists themselves.

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Object details

Deal Castle
William Daniell RA (1769 - 1837)
Object type
Pencil, watercolour and gouache on buff coloured wove paper

158 mm x 238 mm

Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
Given by Leverhulme Trust 1936
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