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John William Inchbold (1830-1888)

Biography of artist John William Inchbold (1830-1888)

John William Inchbold (1830-1888) was one of the most original and sympathetic of the many landscape artists of the Pre- Raphaelite circle. Inchbold was born in Leeds, where he received his initial training. Inchbold came to London to study lithography and entered The Royal Academy Schools.

Inchbold's early watercolours are loose and atmospheric, but in the 1850s he came, like so many, under the influence of Ruskin, who encouraged a more detailed approach and an interest in Alpine subjects.

Inchbold paid his first visit to Switzerland in 1856. Other journeys followed and, in the late 1870s, driven by poverty and lack of professional success, he settled in Montreux on Lake Geneva. This remained his base until his death in 1888 and Swiss subjects account for most of his later work.

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Lot FS16/305

Lot FS16/305: John William Inchbold [1830-1888] Mountain Scene

John William Inchbold [1830-1888] Mountain scene, figures in a meadow on the foreground signed JW Inchbold bottom right pencil and watercolour heightened with white touches 35.6 x 25.1cm. John William Inchbold [1830-1888]. *Note: One of the most original and sympathetic of the many landscape artists of the Pre-Raphaelite circle. Born in Leeds where he received his initial training, he came to London to study lithography and entered the Royal Academy Schools. His early watercolours are loose and atmospheric, but in the 1850s he came, like so many, under the influence of Ruskin who encourages a more detailed approach and an interest n Alpine subjects. Inchbold paid his first visit to Switzerland on 1856. Other journeys followed, and in the late 1870s, driven by poverty and lack of professional success, he settled in Montreux on Lake Geneva. This remained his base until his death in 1888 and Swiss subjects account for most of his later work. Provenance: Christies sale 3rd June 2004, Lot 28.

Estimate: £700 - £900
Realised: £600