An Italian Farmhouse

The Footbridge. by Robert Tonge, 1822-1855. Oil on canvas; signed and dated 1851 13 x 20 inches. Collection: The Maas Gallery.

Commentary from the Maas Gallery catalogue

Tonge was a short-lived Liverpool artist just young enough to have been influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites that showed there in the fifties. He also admired and studied the work of John Linnell, as the vaulted, luminous sky in this painting attests. He was known to be ‘a very quick worker in the open air, both in oil and water-colour, and finished his work on the spot with extreme delicacy.

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Pre-Raphaelitism. Exhibition catalogue. London: Maas Gallery, 2013. No. 26.


Hall, Mr. and Mrs. S. C. The Book of the Thames from its Rise to its Fall. London: Arthur Hall, Virtue, and Cp., 1959. Internet Archive version of a copy in the William and Mary Darlington Memorial Libray, the University of Pittsburgh. Web. 10 March 2012.

Last modified 29 April 2013