He died a century ago, a succession of brilliant and very successful paintings behind him. First of two parts in retrospect.
Tracing Blake’s influence through his friends John Linnell and Samuel Palmer to the likes of Graham Sutherland and Eric Ravilious.
Criticised as being “clumsy” as a painter, his work is nothing if not original and idiosyncratic. Is it also impossible to read?
Accused by Rossetti of copying his work, Sandys was perhaps a better draftsman than he was at developing original ideas. But was he a plagiarist?
One of the founding fathers of Norwegian and Nordic landscape painting, his was a detailed realism which tried to be true to nature.
Was John Ruskin a promoter or detractor? How great was his influence on the style, practice, and success?
Were Pre-Raphaelite landscape paintings just a brief and unimportant, passing phase, or did they have significant influence?
After 1870, he drifted from the Pre-Raphaelite, painting more seascapes, but still some wonderful coastal scenes.
From his first painting of the Glacier of Rosenlaui in 1856, Brett made pure landscapes in Pre-Raphaelite style – stunning in their detail.
A brief survey of landscapes by Ford Madox Brown, Thomas Seddon, William Dyce, and others in the late 1850s.