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.
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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