To the left of this 'View of the River Ouse at York', in North Yorkshire, a couple sit on the bank of the river. On the opposite bank is the city of York itself. The impressive structure of York Minster is seen in the distance.
Although the artist of this work, Samuel Jackson, travelled around the UK sketching landscapes, this work is a rare example of a Yorkshire view by the artist.
Watercolourist Samuel Jackson was born in Bristol. He was the son of an accountant and began his career in his father’s office. In 1823 he collaborated with F. Danby on a portfolio of drawings and became an associate of the Society of Painters in Water Colours. He later worked as a drawing master and helped establish the Bristol School of Artists. He was involved in the operations of the Bristol Institution, Bristol Society of Artists and Bristol Fine Arts Academy. He visited the West Indies in 1827 and made a walking tour in Wales with W. J. Müller and J. S. Prout in 1833. He also made sketching tours of Switzerland (1853 and 1858). However, today he is best-known for views of Bristol. His son, Samuel Phillips Jackson, was also a painter.
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