A View of the Island of Saint Helena

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Art Collection
  • About the artist
    John Heaviside Clark worked as an engraver, book illustrator and a landscape and marine painter. He was born in Scotland, but worked in London from 1802 to 1832. Clark exhibited his works, mainly maritime and landscape subjects, at the Royal Academy from 1812 to 1832. He was known as ‘Waterloo Clark’ as a result of the many sketches he made of the scene immediately after the conclusion of the Battle of Waterloo. Publications illustrated by Clark include ‘Field Sports Etc. of the Native Inhabitants of New South Wales’ (1813) and ‘Practical Illustration of Gilpin’s Day’ (1824). He died in Edinburgh in October 1863. Examples of his work can be found at Glasgow Art Gallery, the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, and Maidstone Museum.
    Soldier and amateur artist George Hutchins Bellasis was born in Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria; the eldest son of Major-General John Bellasis, Commander of the Forces and Colonel of Artillery at Bombay. He studied at Queen’s College, Oxford, before travelling to India to join the 19th Light Dragoons, with which three of his brothers also served. After suffering illness he departed for England in August 1804, disembarking at St. Helena, where he remained for eight months. After retiring from the army he built Holly Hill, a villa in Bowness-on-Windermere. In 1812 he briefly returned to St. Helena, before publishing a portfolio of six ‘Views of St. Helena’ in 1815. He died at Holly Hill, aged 44 and was survived by his wife and six children.

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  • Details
    Title
    A View of the Island of Saint Helena
    Date
    4 June 1806
    Medium
    Coloured etching and aquatint
    Dimensions
    height: 51.5 cm, width: 67.3 cm
    Acquisition
    Transferred from the Ministry of Defence, April 2017
    Provenance
    Ministry of Defence Collection; transferred to GAC 2017
    GAC number
    18720