Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Irish landscape with wild flowers. late 1840s 1840s

Andrew Nicholl 

Irish landscape with wild flowers. late 1840s, Andrew Nicholl
19th Century
14 x 20 1/4 inches 35.5 x 51.5 cm
The collection of Derek Hill (1916 - 2000)
Before he moved to Ceylon in 1849, Andrew Nicholl painted numerous studies of the Irish coastline on the pattern of the present work. They share a viewpoint unique in landscape at that date, and rarely employed since, in which the prospect beyond is of secondary importance to the detailed depiction of wild flowers in the foreground. The impetus for this compositional trick is not known, but they afford a priceless record of the flora of the unspoilt Irish coastline in the early decades of the nineteenth century.

Other studies include such views as Dunluce Castle, County Antrim, Doe Castle County Donegal and the Giant's Causeway (all Sothebys May 16th 2003) in which the distant landmarks, more commonly painted as the sole object of study, are dwarfed by poppies, grasses and other flowers all executed with a botanical exactitude.
Philip Mould Ltd, 18-19 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5LU.Copyright Philip Mould Ltd.