Ebenezer Newman Downard

A Mountain Path at Capel Curig, Wales

1860

Artist
Ebenezer Newman Downard active 1849–1889
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 352 x 502 mm
frame: 490 x 665 x 80 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1969
Reference
T01139

Not on display

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Downard was a genre and landscape painter who exhibited his work at the Royal Academy between 1849 and 1889. In their use of meticulous detail and clear, bright light, some of his landscapes show the influence of the Pre-Raphaelite painters, in particular William Holman Hunt (1827-1910).

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

Ebenezer Newman Downard active 1849–1889
T01139 A MOUNTAIN PATH AT CAPEL CURIG, WALES 1860
Inscribed; see below.
Canvas, 13⅞×20¾ (35.2×52.7).
Purchased at Christie's (Grant-in-Aid) 1969.
Coll: ...; sold Sotheby's, 5 June 1968 (117), bt. M Newman Ltd., sold Christie's, 11 July 1969 (36), bt. M Bernard for Tate Gallery.

According to the catalogue of Sotheby's sale on 5 June 1968 the reverse of the canvas was ‘signed, inscribed and dated 1860’. The canvas has since been relined and no detailed record of these inscriptions survives.

Downard exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1849 to 1889. The dates of his birth and death have not yet come to light.

T01139 appears to owe something to Holman Hunt's ‘Our English Coasts, 1852’ (‘Strayed Sheep’). Tate Gallery no. 5665, which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1853.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1968-70, London 1970