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William Daniell RA, Dunbar

Dunbar, 1821

William Daniell RA (1769 - 1837)

RA Collection: Art

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

The view of Dunbar is Plate 205 from Volume VI (published in 1822). In August 1821, Daniell arrived at St. Andrews and completed his survey of the Scottish coast and the east coast of England. He finished at Southend, which he reached towards the end of September.

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

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

160 mm x 240 mm

Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
Given by Leverhulme Trust 1936
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