Whitby Harbour

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Japan
    City: Tokyo
    Place: British Embassy

    The view of 'Whitby Harbour' (1859) in North Yorkshire by Edmund John Niemann (1813-1876) includes, to the right, the ruins of Whitby Abbey, which would later provide part of the setting for Bram Stoker’s novel 'Dracula' (published 1897). London-born landscape painter Edmund John Niemann must have spent a considerable time in Whitby, as he produced numerous painted views of the port and its surrounding area.

  • About the artist
    Landscape painter Edmund John Niemann was born in Islington, to a German father. As a young man, he worked as a clerk at Lloyd's Bank. However, after 1839 he devoted himself to art, settling in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Between 1844 and 1872 he exhibited in London, at the Royal Academy, the British Institution and the Society of British Artists, and also in Manchester and Liverpool. In 1848 he became Secretary of the Free Exhibition (later the Portland Gallery) at Hyde Park Corner. Niemann’s later years were plagued by debt and ill health, and his work suffered as a result. He died at about the age of 63 at his home on Brixton Hill, London. His son, Edward H. Niemann, was also an artist and closely imitated his father's style.
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  • Details
    Title
    Whitby Harbour
    Date
    1859
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 64.50 cm, width: 115.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Transferred from the Ministry of Defence, 1970
    Inscription
    br: Whitby Niemann / 59
    Provenance
    With Piccadilly Gallery, London; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works on behalf of the Ministry of Defence in June 1959; transferred to the Government Picture Collection in c1970
    GAC number
    15041