Windsor Castle by Moonlight

  • About the artist
    Abraham Pether, a cousin of the painter William Pether, was born at Chichester and as a child showed a talent for music. However, he later became a pupil of the painter George Smith. His works mainly depict river and mountain scenery, often with classical buildings, although it was his popular moonlit views that inspired the nickname ‘Moonlight Pether’. He exhibited frequently at the Royal Academy and Free Society of Artists. Despite some success Pether was never able to do more than provide for the basic needs of his wife and children. Towards the end of his life he was incapacitated by disease. The Artist’s Benevolent Fund faced severe criticism for not supporting his family after the artist’s death, despite their acute poverty.
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  • Details
    Title
    Windsor Castle by Moonlight
    Date
    1809
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 51.00 cm, width: 76.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from the Parker Gallery, June 1964
    Inscription
    bl: AbRHAM PATher 1809 [sic]
    GAC number
    6500