Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Chelsea from the River 1823 1823

Charles Deane 

Chelsea from the River 1823, Charles Deane
Oil on canvas
19th Century
31 x 51 inches 78.8 x 129.5 cm
The Duke of Sutherland; Mr and Mrs Gardiner Stern.
The British Institution 1823, no. 200 (catalogue measurements given to include frame) Gooden Fox 1908 Leggatt 1927 Arthur Ackermann & Son 1940
Deane was a prolific and popular landscape artist, working in a tradition rooted firmly in the works of Samuel Scott and Antonio Canaletto. Between 1815 and 1851 he exhibited a total of 174 works, principally at the Royal Academy and the British Institution. This particular painting was exhibited at the British Institution in 1823 (no.200). It is characteristic of his work in the precision and clarity of its drawing and close observation of the subject, the low horizon and the Italianate lighting. An added pleasure, and one that could not have been anticipated by the artist, is the glimpse this painting affords us of Chelsea as a still rural suburb and, in common with so many of his works, a riverside prospect before the depressing regularity of the Victoria Embankment.

Although Deane exhibited in a variety of landscape genres, including views of English and foreign cities, and German landscapes after the practice of contemporaries such as Chalon, his most celebrated works remain his views of the Thames. Examples of these can be found collections such as that of the National Maritime Museum (Fletcher's Yard, Limehouse c.1840) and in that of the Museum of London (Waterloo Bridge and the Lambeth Waterfront from the Waterloo Stairs 1821).
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