OIL PAINTING OLD MASTER WILLIAM HAVELL (1782- 1857) FINE 19th CENTURY BRITISH
PAINTING REF 110103
Original Antique Large Early 19th Century British OLD MASTER OIL PAINTING Romantic Scene GOLD GILT FRAME
NEW COLLECTION Of RARE PIECES OF ENGLISH HISTORY
WILLIAM HAVELL (1782- 1857) Premier Collection
“Good / Average Condition canvas. Cleaned Ready to hang. One or
two repairs overtime" Some crazing " See pictures””
( early 19th century )
Title: Romantic view
Artist: William Havell
Signed: label on reverse
Provenance: john castagno art
Medium : Oil painting on canvas
Condition: Good /Average
Country: British school
Frame size : 26.5 in x 20.5in
( 68 cm x 52 cm)
Canvas size : 20" x 16 "
With an estimate of £3000 - £4000
Description: Havell was born in Reading in Berkshire, one of fourteen children, the son of Luke Havell, a drawing master, who also kept a small shop to eke out his narrow means. He attended Reading Grammar School – where his father taught art. Although his father was initially reluctant to encourage his son in his choice of career – knowing from personal experience the potential financial hardship involved – he was won over by William's obvious talent, and funded a sketching trip to Wales, which proved to be an invaluable training ground.
In 1804 William sent his first contribution to the Royal Academy – a view of Carnarvon Castle and another of the valley of Nant Ffrancon valley in Wales. In the same year he became one of the founding members of the Society of Painters in Watercolours. In 1807 he went to Ambleside (in the Lake District) where he stayed about two years, studying mountain scenery and producing many fine works. In 1813 he seceded from the Watercolour Society, but under a then existing rule continued to contribute to their exhibitions, as well as to the Royal Academy, where he exhibited in 1812 and 1814.
Wanstead House (1815).
In 1816 Havell was engaged in painting a series of pictures called 'Picturesque Views and Characteristic Scenery of British Villas', when he was appointed to the post of draughtsman with Lord Amherst's embassy to China. As a result of a serious quarrel on board ship with one of the officers, his position became untenable and he left the post, sailing to India in 1817. There he stayed until 1825, finding lucrative employment in painting portraits and landscapes. On his return he rejoined the Watercolour Society, but found that his work was not as popular as it once had been, and after a while be ceased to contribute to their exhibitions and took to painting in oils instead.
In 1827, Havell travelled to Italy with Thomas Uwins (1782–1857), visiting Florence, Rome, and Naples. He became a frequent exhibitor at the Royal Academy, his subjects being chiefly Italian, but sometimes from Wales, Westmoreland, and China. He also exhibited at the British Institution and Suffolk Street. Although his works were of great merit and distinguished by pure and delicate colour, they failed to attract the public, and having lost his savings by the failure of an Indian bank, he became a pensioner on the Royal Academy's Turner Fund.
Havell died, after some years of declining health, at Kensington, London, on 16 December 1857, and was buried at Kensal Green Cemetery.
Signed : unsigned Note; 5. Is the painting signed - it always helps if it is , REMEMBER before c. 1830 it was more common than not for artists NOT to sign there works ,you where mean't to know who the artist was by the style /hand , but this has been lost over time. so don't be put off if its an early work you are viewing with no signature .
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