Jan 18, 2007

A Storm Behind the Isle of Wight

A Storm Behind the Isle of Wight


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.

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