Off the Eddystone – effect of storm

Copley Fielding1826

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Anthony Vandyke Copley Fielding was born into a family of artists, as explained by his high-sounding name (after the painters Anthony van Dyck and John Singleton Copley). A prolific and proficient artist, he was an influential figurehead to the Old Watercolour Society as its president from 1831 until his death. Inspired by a nautical misadventure in the treacherous passage through the Eddystone Rock near Cornwall, this watercolour typifies Fielding’s large-scale exhibition set pieces, which earned him considerable financial success.

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  • Title: Off the Eddystone – effect of storm
  • Creator: Copley Fielding
  • Date Created: 1826
  • Physical Dimensions: 64.5 x 91.0 cm image/sheet; 100.0 x 126.0 x 4.5 cm frame
  • Provenance: Mrs Haldimand, pre 1861, London/England, her sale, Christie's London, 21 June 1861, no 68, sold for 94 gns.; Mr James Morris, pre 1883, London/England, his sale, Christie's London, 3 March 1883, bought at the sale by 'Isaac' for ₤157.; Source unknown, 1888, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW in London 1888
  • Type: Watercolour
  • Rights: Purchased 1888
  • External Link: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/1098/
  • Medium: watercolour with pen and scraping out over traces of pencil
  • Signature & Date: Signed and dated on broken mast, "Copley Fielding 1826".
  • Object Other Titles: Pilot boat going off to a vessel in a hard gale, near the Eddystone
  • Artist Country: England