John Brett ARA (1831-1902). The Lizard. Inscribed with title and dated "July 19, '76." Oil on canvas. 10 x 19 inches. The Maas Gallery, London."During the 1870s the Pre-Raphaelite landscape painter John Brett was a frequent visitor to the Lizard, a broad peninsula on the south coast of Cornwall, painting numerous sketches en plein air, mostly in a smaller format. The Pre-Raphaelite influence in this painting is evident in the bright, luminous colours painted onto a white ground, and the careful and painstaking attention to detail. The viewpoint is the Rill, above Kynance Cove, looking south-east towards Lizard Point…. Charles Brett has written of this painting; '...for all its photographic accuracy, this remains a romantic work of great beauty....'" — Rupert Maas, p. 73.
Provenance: With J.S. Maas & Co., 1978; Private Collection. Exhibited: Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance, John Brett — A Pre-Raphaelite in Cornwall, 1st April-10th June 2006, illus. p. 80
The Maas Gallery. Exhibition catalogue. London, 2007. No. 73.
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