Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Robert Tonge - The Footbridge


The Footbridge
Oil on canvas; signed and dated 1851
13 x 20 inches
Provenance: with Peter Nahum Ltd,
Private Collection, Eire
Tonge was a short-lived Liverpool artist just young enough to have been influenced by the Pre- Raphaelites that showed there in the fifties. He also admired and studied the work of John Linnell, as the vaulted, luminous sky in this painting attests. He was known to be ‘a very quick worker in the open air, both in oil and water-colour, and finished his work on the spot with extreme delicacy.

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