Ramsay Richard Reinagle1775–1862
T01861 Loughrigg Mountain and River Brathy, near Ambleside – Sun-Set 1808
Inscribed ‘1808 R.R. Reinagledelt.’b.l.
Watercolour and pencil, 20¿ x 2715/16 (51.1 x 71).
Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1974.
Coll: Possibly in the Kinnaird family since the artist’s day; sold by Hazlitt Gallery Ltd on behalf of Lord Kinnaird, Christie’s 6 November 1973 (115), bt. Spink and Son Ltd.
Exh: Society of Painters in Water Colours 1808 (41); The Old Watercolour Society and its Founder-Members, Spink and Son Ltd, 1973 (not in catalogue); English Watercolour Drawings, Spink and Son Ltd, 1974 (167).
On the back is a pencil inscription recording Reinagle’s work on the composition: ‘½2 days with the sketch and 1½ days [? more ] to Feb 11th, ¿ of a day ½ ditto’.
Constable told Farington on 15 August 1807 that ‘young Reinagle lost a great deal of money by His Panorama Speculation in the Strand in which He engaged with one of the Son’s of Barker, proprietor of the Leicester Square Panorama— Reinagle now teaches drawing & in consequence of the great success of Glover in selling His drawings of views of the Lakes is gone to that Country accompanied by Havil to store themselves with subjects for drawings’. According to R. B. Beckett (John Constable’s Correspondence, iv, 1966, p.217), Reinagle and Havell stayed at Brathay Hall, the home of Constable’s friends John and Jessy Harden. Constable himself had been there the previous year. Havell, apparently, also rented a cottage at Ambleside in 1807 and lived there ‘for more than a year’ (J. L. Roget, A History of the ‘Old Water-Colour’ Society, 1891, 1, p.295). Reinagle exhibited five Lake District subjects at the Society of Painters in Water Colours in 1808, and many more in the following years. At the Royal Academy in 1831 he showed a work entitled ‘View of Loughrigg mountain, on the river Brathey—evening’ (No.306), but it is not known what connection this has with T01861.
Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1972–1974, London 1975.