Friday, December 31, 2010

Henry Dawson - Liverpool

Price Realized £6,573

signed and dated '18 H Dawson 70' (lower left)
oil on panel
9 x 11¾ in. (22.8 x 29.8 cm.)

The six years he spent in Liverpool constituted a defining period for Dawson, and he maintained ties with friends and patrons after his departure in 1850. This painting, dated 1870, locates the viewer at a distance from the city, though the buildings on the skyline are rendered with admirable detail. However it is the strong sense of space, and of fresh estuary air, which defines this work and lends it atmospheric appeal.

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