Theodore Lane

Enthusiast (‘The Gouty Angler’)

1828, exhibited 1828

Artist
Theodore Lane 1800–1828
Medium
Oil paint on mahogany
Dimensions
Support: 406 x 559 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Robert Vernon 1847
Reference
N00440

Not on display

Display caption

Comic subjects formed a very distinctive category within nineteenth-century genre painting. Many such pictures tended to depict instances of everyday domestic discomfort or, like this one, eccentricity and 'ruling passions'. The first owner of this picture, Robert Vernon, was something of a hypochondriac. He made his fortune in the 1830s by hiring horses to the gentry.
Lane had a sharp eye for domestic whimsy. Here, a gout-stricken angler is confined to his room. He still pursues his hobby against all the odds. His medicines are on the table beside him while his 'bible', Isaac Walton's 'The Compleat Angler', lies open on the floor.

Gallery label, September 2004