Stonehenge

Dominic Serres (1722 - 1793)

Pen and ink, wash and watercolour on paper

October 1770
  • About the artist
    Dominic Serres, marine painter and nephew of the Archbishop of Rheims, was born in Auch, Gascony. He studied at the English Benedictine school at Douai but is thought to have run away and served with the Spanish fleet, before being captured and sent to England as a prisoner of war in c.1750. After his release, he painted views of country houses. In the late 1750s he moved to London, where he was a pupil of marine painter Charles Brooking. He established a reputation for battle scenes during the Seven Years War and the War of American Independence. In 1768, he was one of the founder members of the Royal Academy and in 1780 he was made marine painter to George III. He became librarian of the Royal Academy in 1792, shortly before his death.
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  • Details
    Title
    Stonehenge
    Date
    October 1770
    Medium
    Pen and ink, wash and watercolour on paper
    Dimensions
    height: 21.50 cm, width: 36.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Christie's, 4 July 1958
    Inscription
    br: Drawn on the / spot 8br 1770 by / D Serres
    Provenance
    Collection of Miss C. M. O’Connor; by whom sold through Christie's, London, on 4 July 1958 (Lot 32); from which sale purchased by ‘Walker’ (Richard Walker) on behalf of the Ministry of Works
    GAC number
    4670