Dunluce Castle,1817 , Co Antrim
Mr.W. Watts of Manchester
1817 signed and inscribed on reverse.
oil on canvas, relined and restored.
24'' inches x 30'' inches
Dunluce Castle, an unusual view, taken from the rocky shore on the southern side.
Figures emerging from the cave carrying nets and oars, this makes an interesting device for scale.
The canvas has been relined, and professionally cleaned and conserved to a presentable standard, bitumen and shrinkage of impasto make further work impractical.
Under the relining the canvas bears an inscritpion 'W Watts 1817'.
W Watts exhibited at the Royal Academy London in 1802 as an honorary exhibitor with a work called 'Lovers-leap from Gratton Lodge, Co Wicklow'.
Again at the RA in 1817 Watts exhibited three paintings of Dunluce Castle, it is reasonable to think that this is one of those paintings.
Col.Grant in his Dictionary of Old English Landscape Painters tells us that Mr Watts was a resident of Manchester and that he exhibited over a period of 15 years at various exhibitions and that all these works were of Irish landscapes.
Col. Grant goes on to discuss Mr Watts and illustrates our picture in vol.4 of his 8 vol. dictionary.