Description & Technical information

Schwiter was something of an Anglophile, and made frequent trips to London to see art exhibitions and study British paintings. This fresh and vibrant pastel is one of a group of landscapes in pastel and oil, depicting views in and around London, produced by Louis-Auguste de Schwiter in July and August of 1831, on one of his first trips to England. In its richness of technique and intensity of colour, the present sheet reveals the influence on the young Schwiter of Delacroix’s own pastel landscapes.

It has been suggested that the view depicted here is of Hampstead Heath in north London.

Date:  1831
Period:  1750-1850, 19th century
Origin:  Germany
Medium: Pastel on blue paper
Dimensions: 22.5 x 15.3 cm (8⁷/₈ x 6 inches)
Provenance: Probably the Schwiter sale (‘Eugène Delacroix und sein Kreis: Aus dem Nachlass des Barons Louis Auguste de Schwiter’), Munich, Hartung & Karl, 4 November 1987, as part of lots 5109-5033
Max Rutherston, London, in 1991.

Exhibitions: London, Max Rutherston at Deborah Gage Ltd., Louis-Auguste Schwiter (1805-1889): Views in and around London, 1831, 1991, no.20.

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints