Walmer Castle by Moonlight

Henry Pether

Oil on canvas

1852
  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Bahrain
    City: Manama
    Place: British Embassy
  • About the artist
    Henry Pether was from a family of painters, who specialised in moonlit scenes; the most famous being his father, Abraham. He exhibited paintings at the Royal Academy (1828-62), Society of British Artists (1833/4, 1855) and British Institution (1865). He lived at addresses in Southampton, Greenwich, Camden Town and south London, probably moving to escape creditors. In 1837, when an inmate of a debtor’s prison, he was described as ‘Surveyor, Artist, Engineer, and Architect’. He applied for patents relating to mosaic tiles, a lamp globe and other architectural materials (1839-76). The tiles were exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851. At that time he lived in Kennington with his wife, Sarah, and children Fanny (14), Harry (10) and Kate (9).
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  • Details
    Title
    Walmer Castle by Moonlight
    Date
    1852
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 60.00 cm, width: 120.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from the Jeremy Maas Gallery, July 1969
    Inscription
    sdbl; according to Maas Gallery records: inscribed, signed and dated '5 Nov 1852' on verso
    Provenance
    With Purnell, Daniell & Morell, Honiton, Cornwall; from whom purchased by J. S. Maas & Co. Ltd., London, on 21 March 1969; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in July 1969
    GAC number
    8532