About the work
This expertly painted rocky landscape includes an array of grasses, wild flowers, mosses and shrubs.
The Welsh word ‘Dinas’ means city, fortress or stronghold, while ‘Betws-y-Coed’ translates as ‘prayer house in the wood’ and is the name of a village in the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. In the 19th century the mountainous landscape around the village of Betws-y-Coed was a popular subject for artists and other views of the area were painted by Benjamin William Leader (1831-1923), Frederick Waters Watts (1800-1862) and David Cox (1783-1859).
On 4 March 2003, a painting by Frederick Henry Henshaw was sold through Bearne’s of Exeter, titled ‘Mountain Pass’. The work shows figures passing through a mountainous landscape, the right hand side of which is the rocky feature seen in this work. ‘Mountain Pass’ is undated but may have been painted after this work, drawing on this detailed study of the landscape.
About the artist
Frederick Henry Henshaw, landscape painter, came from Birmingham. His work was greatly influenced by J. M. W. Turner. By 1829, Henshaw was living at 13 Charlotte Street, London. Between 1837 and 1840 he travelled in Germany, Switzerland and Italy. However, his paintings are mostly British landscape views in the Midlands, Wales and Scotland. Henshaw exhibited in London at the Royal Academy, the British Institution and the Society of British Artists in Suffolk Street, between 1829 and 1864. He also exhibited at the Birmingham Society of Artists. He occasionally collaborated with another painter, R. J. Hammond. Today, paintings by Henshaw are in the collections of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery and Glasgow Art Gallery.
- Dinas Betws-Y-Coed
- Oil on canvas
- height: 71.00 cm, width: 91.50 cm
- Purchased from Christie's, 15 October 1976
- br: F. H. Henshaw / Dinas Betwys-y-Coed / N. Wales / 1851.
- Sold though Christie's, London, 'Fine Victorian Pictures' sale, on 15 October 1976 (Lot 187), as 'Dinas Bettws-Y-Coed'; from which sale purchased by the Department of the Environment
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