Nuneham

1860

Object

Artist

Edward Lear, British, 1812-1888

Country

Object Info

Object: painting
Currently on view
Object ID: 2018.22

Medium/Technique

Oil paint on canvas

Credit

Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust

More Info

Dimensions

image height: 18 3/4 in, 47.6250 cm; image width: 29 1/4 in, 74.2950 cm; frame height: 29 5/16 in, 74.4538 cm; frame width: 40 1/2 in, 102.8700 cm; frame depth: 2 1/4 in, 5.7150 cm

Department

European and American Art Before 1900

Collection

European and American Art Before 1900-European Art

Known Provenance

Commissioned by Frances, Countess Waldegrave, Nuneham, Oxfordshire; private collection, England; sale, Christie’s, London, June 6, 1997, lot 114; from which acquired by William M. B. Berger and Bernadette Johnson Berger, Denver; Berger Collection Educational Trust; gifted to the Denver Art Museum, 2018. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum and we will post information as it becomes available. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.

Caption

Edward Lear 
British, 1812–1888
Nuneham, 1860   
Oil paint on canvas
Signed with monogram and dated in lower left corner, 1860
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2018.22

Extended Info

Like many British artists of the 1800s, Edward Lear traveled extensively in Europe and the Middle East. This view of a country estate is one of his rare pictures of his native land. Instead of his more typical sweeping panoramas, here he narrowed the distant view of the spires of Oxford and the meandering Thames River and concentrated on the dense bank of trees in the picture’s middle ground. 

Exhibition History

  • “Treasures from the Berger Collection: British Paintings 1400-2000” — Denver Art Museum, 10/2/2014 – 9/9/2018