Spring, Arnside Knot and Coniston range of hills from Warton Crag

Daniel Alexander WilliamsonAbout 1863

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Born in Liverpool, Williamson spent the years 1847 to 1860 in London but sent pictures up to Liverpool for exhibition. His work of the 1850s shows little awareness of Pre-Raphaelitism. In 1861 he moved to Warton-in-Carnforth in North Lancashire where he painted a series of vibrant small landscapes like this one, remarkable for their luminous colour.

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  • Title: Spring, Arnside Knot and Coniston range of hills from Warton Crag
  • Creator: Daniel Alexander Williamson
  • Date Created: About 1863
  • tag / style: Daniel Alexander Williamson; landscape; Spring, Arnside Knot; Coniston; Lake District; hills; Warton Crag; Pre-Raphaelite; rocks; heather; bracken
  • Setting: Spring, Arnside Knot and Coniston range of hills from Warton Crag
  • Physical Dimensions: w406 x h270 cm (Without frame)
  • Artwork History: This painting was once owned by the important collector James Smith of Blundellsands. He bequeathed it to the Walker Art Gallery.
  • Artist biographical information: Born in Liverpool, Daniel Alexander Williamson came from a family of artists. He lived and studied in London from 1849-60, was in Warton-in-Carnforth from 1861 until 1864 and eventually settled in Broughton-in-Furness in 1864. Williamson exhibited at the Liverpool Academy 1848-67, the Royal Academy 1853-58, and occasionally in the Liverpool Autumn Exhibitions between 1871-79 and 1892-95. To learn more about the Liverpool Academy and Pre-Raphaelitism, please follow this link: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/online/pre-raphaelites/liverpool_academy.aspx
  • Additional artwork information: Williamson’s work showed the influence of the Pre-Raphaelites for a period in the 1860s and has an intense and brilliant colour and minute, though impasto technique. In later years Williamson’s style changed completely and he made impressionistic, misty watercolours. To learn more about this painting, please follow this link: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/online/pre-raphaelites/coniston/
  • Type: Oil on canvas
  • Rights: Bequeathed by James Smith of Blundellsands in 1923