John Anster Fitzgerald The Fairy’s Lake ?exhibited 1866

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Artist
Title
The Fairy’s Lake
Date ?exhibited 1866
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Support: 152 x 203 mm
frame: 262 x 325 x 30 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1968
Reference
T01083
Not on display

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Not much is known about Fitzgerald. He is generally remembered today for his pictures of fairyland, this one probably being the example shown at the Royal Academy in 1866. Other paintings by him depict humans deep in sleep, conjuring up in their dreams a fantastic world of elves, sprites and devils similar to the creature shown here astride the wings of a bat, attempting to spear an innocent water-sprite. Fitzgerald also executed a series of large fairy subjects for Christmas editions of 'The Illustrated London News'.

September 2004

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