About the work
In ‘Suffolk Artists of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries’ (2009), Josephine Walpole writes of the work of Moore:
‘…most of his landscape studies are of Suffolk village scenes but his more unusual, more ambitious subjects were found on his travels. In 1877 a commission led him to the north where, among other subjects, he painted scenes of Dunstable Castle and Holy Island including Lindisfarne Abbey. A huge canvas (30in. x 40in., 101.6cm x 127cm) of the Castle and Abbey by moonlight is a very splendid piece, quite a romantic work painted with great skill and careful observation.’
The above mentioned moonlit view is now in the National Trust collection and is displayed at the castle itself (now managed by the Trust). Further depictions of Lindisfarne by Moore include an evening view in the collection at Ipswich Museum, a view in daylight which remained unsold at a Bonham’s auction in 2002 and a small scale (c.21 x 33cm) view of the island, perhaps a sketch made on site, in a private collection.
- Oil on canvas
- height: 61.00 cm, width: 91.50 cm
- Purchased from Oscar & Peter Johnson, June 1975
- GAC number