1 of 2 portraits of George Arnald
by John Thomas Smith
sepia and wash, circa 1830
13 1/2 in. x 9 in. (343 mm x 229 mm)
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- George Arnald (1763-1841), Marine and landscape painter. Sitter in 2 portraits, Artist of 1 portrait.
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- John Thomas Smith (1766-1833), Draughtsman and antiquary. Artist associated with 36 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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This charming study of George Arnald, the landscape painter, shows him at work in his studio on a Poussinesque landscape. Holding his mahlstick (used to steady the hand and keep it away from areas of wet paint), and wearing a painting cloak, Arnald sits on an adjustable stool and appears absorbed in his work. To the left is a large landscape, The Castle of Gloom, which also appears in Arnald's self-portrait of 1831. John Thomas Smith was an old friend of Arnald and used several of his views as illustrations to his Antiquities of Westminster (1807-10).
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Events of 1830back to top
Current affairsGeorge IV dies at Windsor on 26 June; William IV succeeds to the throne.
Duke of Wellington resigns as Prime Minister to be succeeded by Earl Grey.
'Captain Swing' disturbances among agricultural districts in southern England. Taking their name from a mythical leader, hundreds of labourers break the threshing machines that threaten their winter employment.
Art and scienceLiverpool and Manchester Railway opens; MP William Huskisson is run down by a train and killed at the inaugural ceremony.
William Cobbett publishes Rural Rides; a nostalgic tribute to the English countryside which expresses dismay at the sweeping changes taking place.