A watercolour by John Martin acquired by the Chepstow Museum


John Martin (1789-1854)
The River Wye, with a view on Chepstow Castle, 1844
Watercolor - 29.5 x 71.5 cm
Chepstow, Museum
Photo : Chepstow Museum

20/10/09 – Acquisition – Canberra, National Portrait Gallery – This English museum, notably with holdings of Wye Valley landscapes, recently acquired (with the support of the Art Fund) a watercolour by John Martin representing the Wye River and Chepstow Castle (ill.) purchased from the Martyn Gregory Gallery in London.

John Martin is well known today for his scenes of hell and other fantastic subjects. Three years ago the Louvre acquired a very beautiful painting reflecting this source of inspiration (see news item, in French, of 13/12/06). The work purchased by the Chepstow Museum is not in this vein, although its misty atmosphere imbues it with a certain mystery. The canvas is obviously very close to Joseph Mallord William Turner who in fact, also depicted the same location.

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Didier Rykner, mardi 20 octobre 2009



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