- John Martin, English, 1789–1854
View in Richmond Park, 1850
Oil paint on paper mounted on board
Signed and dated at lower right, J. Martin 1850
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2018.12
John Martin was one of the best-known figures in early nineteenth-century British art. He painted large-scale scenes of apocalyptic biblical events set in imaginary, often fantastic landscapes and then translated those paintings into prints that were widely distributed—as well as copied and pirated—not only in Britain and Europe but also in America. During the 1840s and early 1850s he painted numerous small, independent landscapes, mostly in watercolor and many of prospects in London’s Richmond Park. Here the view is thought to be to the west across the Thames Valley, with the River Thames visible in the distance. The small figure reclining in the foreground is a recurring feature in many of Martin’s late London-area landscapes.
- Possibly British Institution, London, 1850 ("Romantic Woody Landscape . . . exhibited as Forest of Ardennes"). "Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection," exh. cat. by Kathleen Stuart, Denver Art Museum, 2014, no. 31, repr.
- “Treasures from the Berger Collection: British Paintings 1400-2000” — Denver Art Museum, 10/2/2014 – 9/9/2018