Patrick Nasmyth ( 1787 - 1831 )
A wooded landscape with travellers on a track
Signed and dated, lower centre: Patk. Nasmyth
Oil on canvas
24⅜ x 33⅞ in – 61.9 x 86 cm
31½ x 40¾ in – 80 x 103.5 cm
Panditi Ralli Collection;
Marie Evelyn Byng, Viscountess Byng of Vimy (1870-1949);
Anonymous sale, Christie’s, London, 14 April 1989, Lot 51;
Private collection, UK Exhibition: London, Royal Academy, Scottish Art, 1939, No.202, lent by Viscountess Byng of Vimy Artist Biography: Patrick Nasmyth was the son of the Scottish landscape painter Alexander Nasmyth (1758-1840). He studied under his father, and came to London in 1807.
Nasmyth was a landscape painter and although his subject matter was usually found in the countryside around London, his style was modelled on the Dutch seventeenth century artists, especially Meindert Hobbema (1638-1709). His landscapes are pleasing and conventional and achieved considerable success in their day.
He exhibited at the Royal Academy, Suffolk Street and the British Institute and was one of the founder members of the Royal Society of British Artists.
Many of Nasmyth’s brothers and sisters were also painters, which led to much confusion about the family and their work. Alexander had eleven children, of whom Patrick was the eldest. Of the other ten Jane (b.1788), Anne (b.1798) and Charlotte (b.1804) were all landscape painters. His studio sale was held at Christie’s 18th June 1831.
Titles exhibited at the Royal Academy include “View of Windsor Castle”, “A View in the New Forest” and “A Windmill on the River Don, Yorkshire”.
His works can be found in museums in: Cape Town; Edinburgh; Glasgow; Hamburg; Liverpool; London, National Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum; Montreal; New York and Sheffield.
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Bibliography: Christopher Wood “The Dictionary of Victorian Painters”
Algernon Graves, F.S.A. “Royal Academy of Arts”
E. Bénézit “Dictionnaire des Peintres”