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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. Danby got married and settled in Bristol. He made a living selling his watercolours and eventually exhibited oils in London, which led to his admittance to the Royal Academy as an associate member.
After encountering financial difficulties, Danby travelled to London, where he stayed for five years. Unfortunately, he was unsuccessful in gaining full membership of the Academy, and his wife left him in the same period. Danby moved to Paris with his mistress and his children. He spent ten years on the continent, mainly in Geneva, leading a relatively meagre existence painting watercolours.
When he returned to London in 1839, his work 'the Deluge' revitalised his career, which won him favour amongst critics; however, he never achieved much acclaim after that. He lived in Devon for his last fifteen years in virtual poverty. J.M.W. Turner may have influenced him, and his works are comparable to John Martin's, also noted 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