Saturday, July 26, 2008

Paul Falconer Poole

[The Escape of Glaucus and Ione, with the blind girl Nydia from Pompeii] 1860
oil on canvas
Illustrating the closing chapters od Bulwer-Lytton's famous novel The Last Days of Pompeii (1834).
1810 - 1879.
A popular painter of historical subjects (he dealt with Pompeii several times), born in Bristol. Son of a grocer and self-taught. Exhibited at the RA. Some of his work is ordinary but Ruskin praised his better works. There was often a supernatural element in his works. His life story is very interesting.

[Ferdinand declaring his love for Miranda (side panel of triptych)]
oil on canvas

[Solomon Eagle] 1843

1 comment:

banshee said...

Looked this up as Malcolm Watson won the Cardiff International Poetry Competition with 'The Naked Quaker and the Burning Boy' which references Poole's work.
Thanks, banshee