The Gardens of Carlton House with Neapolitan Ballad Singers

  • 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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    Materials & Techniques
    engraving, colour stipple engraving
  • Details
    Title
    The Gardens of Carlton House with Neapolitan Ballad Singers
    Date
    Medium
    Hand-coloured stipple engraving
    Dimensions
    height: 41 cm, width: 56.6 cm
    GAC number
    9756