Redbrook on the River Wye

  • About the artist
    Edward Dayes was born in London and apprenticed to mezzotinter and painter William Pether. He entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1786. During his early career he worked as a miniaturist, later concentrating on the topographical landscapes in watercolour for which he is best-known. Thomas Girtin was a pupil of Dayes’ until an argument between the two seems to have led to Girtin’s imprisonment. Although not a pupil, J. M. W. Turner also studied Dayes’s work and some watercolours by Turner from the 1790s are virtually indistinguishable from those of Dayes. Towards the end of his career, Dayes began working in oils with less success. He was known as a difficult character with a fiery temper and committed suicide in London in 1804.
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  • Details
    Title
    Redbrook on the River Wye
    Date
    1 October 1808
    Medium
    Colour aquatint
    Dimensions
    height: 37.00 cm, width: 47.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from F R Meatyard, July 1947
    GAC number
    344