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John Berney Ladbrooke (1803-1879)


Figure before a heathland windmill,

Oil on board,

7 x 9 inches

Provenance: Dr Peter Kennedy-Scott*

Literature: Dr Peter Kennedy-Scott, A Romantic Look at Norwich School Landscapes, (1998) illus. p.109


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A charming and lively oil which Kennedy-Scott describes in his book thus, 

"Is this the miller's wife out in the early morning, or could it be evening with her figure caught between long shadows making her way home? But, whatever the time of day, the clever use of light and dark gives depth and distinction to a flat landscape so typical of Norfolk - its customary church tower far away on the horizon."

*Dr Peter Kennedy Scott, was a collector and authority on the Norwich School. He was the author of A Romantic Look at Norwich School Landscapes (1998)

John Berney Ladbrooke was the son of the English painter and printmaker Robert Ladbrooke (1768-1842). He was apprenticed to John Crome (1768-1821) and became a significant member of the Norwich School of Artists. Ladbrooke was a successful teacher, with John Middleton being one of his pupils. His oils display a High Victorian attention to detail and rather bombastic lighting effects and is well known for his views of the English landscape. He exhibited at the Royal Academy 1821-1822, and at the British Institution and the Suffolk Street Gallery until 1873, he also exhibited six works at the Suffolk Fine Arts Association at Ipswich in 1850. He is represented in Norwich Castle Museum, Norfolk; Bolton Museum, Lancashire and many others. 

Source: The Suffolk Artists website

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