Julius Caesar Ibbetson (British, 1759-1817)
Oil on canvas, Framed: 70 x 85.5 x 5.5 cm (27 9/16 x 33 11/16 x 2 3/16 in.); Unframed: 50.8 x 67.6 cm (20 x 26 5/8 in.). Bequest of Henry W. Kent 1948.461
The scene depicts a family's distress upon finding that one of its members has drowned off the rocky shore of the Isle of Wight during a storm. A ship sinks in the wild sea, amid swirling dark clouds and lightning flashes. The artist had visited the Isle of Wight in 1791.
Ibbetson began his career by copying Dutch landscape paintings for dealers. He is known to have produced copies and fakes in the style of other masters as well.
Milwawukee, Wisconsin, War Memorial Building (for Children's Arts Program) October 1, 1958-February 15, 1959: "Man's Concept of Outer Space," (no catalogue). Poughkeepsie, New York, Vassar College Art Gallery, February 20-March 15, 1964: "Nature and Natural Phenomena in Art of the Eighteenth Century," cat. no. 6. London, Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, December 10, 1968-February 1969: "Bi-Centenary Exhibition (Winter Exhibition),.
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