Derwentwater

George Frederick Buchanan

Oil on canvas

c.1850
  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: England
    Place: Steyning, Foreign Office, Wilton Park

    This view of Derwentwater by George F. Buchanan captures an aspect of the dramatic landscape surrounding England’s widest lake. Dominated by the lofty peaks of the surrounding North Lakeland fells, the quiet, idyllic scenes include small boats gliding across the water and cattle grazing. Derwentwater Lake is situated in the Lake District, in Cumbria. It is surrounded by hills and woodland and is both fed and drained by the River Derwent. The lake measures roughly three miles by one mile and is just 22 meters deep.

  • About the artist
    Landscapist George Frederick Buchanan was based in Edinburgh when he first exhibited at the Scottish Academy in 1841. He had moved to Glasgow by 1842 and to London in 1848, although his subjects remained mostly Scottish landscapes. He then exhibited at the Royal Academy, British Institution and Society of British Artists in London, and at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, and the Glasgow Institute. He moved regularly to different addresses, living in Mayfair, the City and Belsize Park, to escape creditors. In 1854 he appeared at the ‘Court of Relief of Insolvent Debtors’ in Lincoln’s Inn and in 1861 was imprisoned at the ‘Debtor’s Prison for London and Middlesex’, when his estate and effects were seized. He exhibited nothing after 1865.
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  • Details
    Title
    Derwentwater
    Date
    c.1850
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 57.00 cm, width: 76.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Appleby Bros, November 1974
    Provenance
    Sold through Bonhams, London, 'Important English and Continental Paintings' sale, on 27 June 1974; with Appleby's; from whom purchased by the Department of the Environment in November 1974
    GAC number
    11685