Photo credit: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
Does anyone have any ideas to where this painting could be set?
At first sight I thought it could be an imaginary reconstruction of Tintagel Castle with the church on the hill behind (now it looks more like a lighthouse). But that would not explain the land? on the far left.
Looks to me like Dunnottar, near Aberdeen
West Wales -Looks like Harlech to me-looking southwards-towards Cardigan Bay -the castle rock a little over dramatised and some artistic licence: Land on far right could be the Lleyn Peninsular .
Dunnottar, somewhat adjusted, looks possible:
Stated to be a watercolour and probably mid-19th c. Any artist clues?
Edward Duncan-ish but colour doesn't look quite right, though probably faded and some oxidation in the rocks.
not Dunottar - the land on the right rules it out
It looks like Dunluce Castle on the coast of Antrim, Northern Ireland. The ruins and the rock formation of the penisula are very similar. Compare this late 19th century photo of Dunluce from a similar angle:
In regard to the helpful suggestions made to date, I think Dunluce Castle is the most promising, for which many thanks to Sophia for putting that idea forward. It is often the case that artists will intrepret what they see before them so I don't we think we can expect exact topographical accuracy. This proposal looks reasonably convincing to me.
I think definitely Dunluce Castle a view from the rocks similar to my jpg attached. The ruin on the left is just visible from this angle.
and does this make it likely that the artist is Irish?
is that the Argyll coast in the distance?
This view looking west was the preferred one among arists. The castle is, of course, very close to Giants' Causeway
I agree that Dunluce looks most likely.
Me too: but who was painting subjects in that area in watercolour in the mid-19th c.? Stanfield was there in September-October 1856 but it doesn't look obviously like him. Any sign of signature/inscription front or back, however illegible?
Pieter, I have check a very good hi-res of the front and nothing. I have asked the Curator about the back. David
For consideration, two artists who are associated with paintings of Dunluce Castle in the mid-19th c. as per articles in newspapers:
Charles Bentley (1808-1854). Articles from 1846 and 1853 are attached. See for example his “Mont St Michel” (1854) https://tinyurl.com/dtdxjxuk
William Gawin Herdman (also known as W. G. Herdman) (1805-1882). An article from 1841 is attached. See for example his “Sandstone Quarry at corner of Netherfield Road” (1848). https://tinyurl.com/vfnctdc4
The work is mounted, framed and glazed so access to the back of the painting is not possible I am afraid. There is nothing on the backboard of the frame either.
Thanks. Interesting to see Charles Bentley - a fine watercolourist (1806-54)- had a track-record there, albeit neither of the subjects/treatments Marcie quotes fit, and it doesn't look like his more Turnerian style even taking fading damage into account. It also doesn't look like William George Herdman (1805-82) - mainly a Liverpool topographer.