Lambeth Palace by Moonlight

Henry Pether

Oil on canvas

1852
  • About the artist
    Henry Pether was from a family of painters, who specialised in moonlit scenes; the most famous being his father, Abraham. He exhibited paintings at the Royal Academy (1828-62), Society of British Artists (1833/4, 1855) and British Institution (1865). He lived at addresses in Southampton, Greenwich, Camden Town and south London, probably moving to escape creditors. In 1837, when an inmate of a debtor’s prison, he was described as ‘Surveyor, Artist, Engineer, and Architect’. He applied for patents relating to mosaic tiles, a lamp globe and other architectural materials (1839-76). The tiles were exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851. At that time he lived in Kennington with his wife, Sarah, and children Fanny (14), Harry (10) and Kate (9).
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  • Details
    Title
    Lambeth Palace by Moonlight
    Date
    1852
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 69.00 cm, width: 89.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Christie's, 15 October 1976
    Inscription
    signed and dated 1852
    Provenance
    Sold through Christie's, London, 'Fine Victorian Pictures' sale, on 15 October 1976 (Lot 37); from which sale purchased by the Department of the Environment
    GAC number
    12492