The Cauld Blast

Joshua Hargrave Sams Mann (c.1826-1886)


Oil on canvas

H 91.4 x W 60.9 cm

Royal Holloway Picture Gallery, University of London

Purchased for Thomas Holloway, 1882; accession number: THC0043

Mann’s reputation as a purveyor of cozy domestic scenes has damned him in the eyes of posterity. There is nothing in the least cozy or domestic, however, about The Cauld Blast. [Commentary continues below. Click on the image to enlarge it, and mouse over the text for links.]

  • The painting in its frame (photograph by Jacqueline Banerjee)
  • Photograph on this page reproduced from Art UK by kind permission of the Picture Gallery; formatting by Jacqueline Banerjee.