Isle of Wight

VILHELM (WILHELM) MELBYE (1824-1882)

Dimensions

Height - 22.00inch (55.88cm)
Width - 37.00inch (93.98cm)
Framed Height - 30.50inch (77.47cm)
Framed Width - 45.50inch (115.57cm)

Description

Isle of Wight
VILHELM (WILHELM) MELBYE

Period

1869

Literature

B72701

SCRATCHELLS BAY, THE NEEDLES
ISLE OF WIGHT

VILHELM (WILHELM) MELBYE

1824 - 1882 Signed & dated 1869
Oil on canvas 22 x 37 inches
Framed size 30 ½ x 45 ½ inches

Wilhelm Melbye was born in Elsinore Denmark and was the second son of three artist brothers and by far the most talented and revered.
He studied at the Academy in Copenhagen under his brother Daniel, but soon outshone his work.
Wilhelm then travelled to London, Dusseldorf and Paris where his excellent marine paintings found a ready market.
He lived in London between 1853 and 1867 and was a regular exhibitor at the major London exhibitions including the Royal Academy where he exhibited 11 pieces.
His subjects ranged from views of the Icelandic Coast down to the Bay of Naples. His work was so popular that he was able to charge £100 for his larger pieces such as this one.
He was noted for his meticulous attention to detail.
In his late life he returned to Denmark where he became head of the Academy in Copenhagen until his death in Roskilde in 1882.

Works in Museums: Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen; Royal Naval Museum, Copenhagen; National Maritime Museum, Greenwich; Lansmuseum, Sweden; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; National Gallery of New South Wales; Frederiksborg Museum, Zeeland

Bibl: Dictionary of Sea Painters of Europe and America - E.H.H. Archibald
19th Century Marine Painting by Denys Brook-Hart
Victorian Painters – Christopher Wood
   
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