Francis Danby

1793-1861 Ireland-Romanticism

 

Brief Biography-Francis Danby from Killinick, Wexford left for Dublin during the 1798 Wexford Rising. He studied at the Royal Dublin Society art schools before visiting London with fellow artists James Arthur O’Connor and George Petrie in 1813. He settled in Bristol where he married and made a living selling watercolours. He exhibited oils in London which led to his admittance to the Royal Academy as an associate member.
After encountering financial difficulties, he travelled to London where he stayed for five years. Unfortunately, he was unsuccessful gaining full membership of the Academy and his wife left him in the same period. He moved to Paris with his mistress and his children. He spent ten years on the continent, mostly in Geneva leading a relatively meagre existence painting watercolours.
When he returned to London in 1839 his career was revitalised by his work ‘the Deluge’ which won him favour amongst critics, however he never achieved much acclaim thereafter. He lived in Devon for the last fifteen years of his life in virtual poverty. It is considered that he may have been influenced by JMW Turner and his works are comparable to that of John Martin. He is mostly remembered for his apocalyptic scenes. Both of his sons, James and Thomas were also artists.

 

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View of the Avon

View of the Avon Gorge from Ashton Meadow

The Deluge

The Deluge

Opening of the Seal

Opening of the sixth seal

Delivery of Israel

Delivery of Israel out of Egypt

Evening Thames

Evening on the Thames a view of Greenwich hospital

Liensfiord Norway

Liensfiord Norway Calm

Liensfijord in Norway

Liensfijord  in Norway

Disappointed Love

 Disappointed Love

Romantic Woodland

Romantic Woodland

Lake at Sunset

Lake at Sunset

Shipwrecked

Apocalypse Scene

 Scene from the Apocalypse

Wood Nymph's Hymn

The Wood Nymph's Hymn to the Rising Sun

Fairies

Fairies

Children by a Brook

Children by a Brook

Shipwreck

Shipwreck

End Of Lake Geneva

The End Of Lake Geneva

Sunset at Sea

Sunset at Sea After a Storm

Landscape

Landscape near Clifden

The Avon Gorge

The Avon Gorge Looking over Clifton