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View of Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight

View of Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight

Description / Expertise: Hofland was born in Nottinghamshire to a wealthy family – his father was a manufacturer in the cotton-mill industry, but later suffered financial ruin. The young artist took lessons from John Rathbone and first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1798. He moved to Derby and Leeds, where he was a popular teacher of drawing; he became a prolific exhibitor at the early provincial exhibitions in the north of England, including the Northern Society at Leeds. In 1811 Hofland returned to London and produced work for patrons including Sir George Beaumont, the Marquess of Stafford, Lord Coventry and the Marquess of Blandford (later the Duke of Marlborough).
Hofland’s subjects were predominantly British landscapes and country house portraits. He made one trip to the continent in 1840 with a commission from Lord Egremont for a series of Italian views. He was an admirer of the work of Richard Wilson.
Medium / Signed: Pencil and watercolour
39.40cm wide   26.70cm high (15.51 inches wide  10.51 inches high)
Provenance Canon Smythe; private collection, England
Exhibition History Touring exhibition of provincial art galleries, 1954-5; Martyn Gregory, English and Dutch watercolours and drawings, catalogue 14, 1977, no. 43
Stock code: CON270

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