Historical Portraits Picture Archive

A View of Langdale Pikes 

Attributed to F. Smith (fl.1800-04)

A View of Langdale Pikes, Attributed to F. Smith
Oil and Canvas
19th Century
26 ¾ x 35 ½ in. (68cm x 90cm)
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Great Langdale, and the Lake District in general, was a popular location for eighteenth-century painters who embraced the ideals of the picturesque, and who hurried to meet the demand for atmospheric depictions of the great English countryside.

The Langdale Pikes are a series of peaks found on the northern side of the dale, the highest being Pike of Stickle which measures 709 meters, followed by Loft Crag, Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark which vary in height between 680-700 meters.

Very little is known about F.Smith, to whom the work is attributed on the reverse, besides that he exhibited eight works at the Royal Academy between 1800-04 as an ‘Honoury Exhibitor’. The latter title suggests he was not a professional artist and sadly the titles of his exhibited work give little insight into his travels.
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