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William Daniell RA (1769-1837) - 1822 Aquatint, St Andrews, Fifeshire



An aquatint depicting the harbour at St Andrews in Fifeshire (now Fife), Scotland. It formed a part of William Daniell RA's (1769-1837) ambitious book 'A Voyage Round Great Britain', published by Longman in eight volumes from 1814-25, for which he travelled around the coast to record everyday scenes. He visited St Andrews in August 1821. The project was so widely admired that Daniell was elected to the RA in 1822. Presented glazed in a blue mount with gold detailing and a distressed gilt effect wooden frame. Signed and dated in plate.

On wove.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration and slight foxing.


15.6 x 22.6cm (6.1" x 8.9")
Framed Size: 36.4 x 42.8cm (14.3" x 16.9")

Artist Biography

William Daniell RA (1769-1837) was an English landscape and marine painter and printmaker, notable for his work in aquatint. He travelled extensively in India in the company of his uncle Thomas Daniell, with whom he collaborated on one of the finest illustrated works of the period, 'Oriental Scenery'. He later travelled around the coastline of Britain to paint watercolours for the equally ambitious book 'A Voyage Round Great Britain'. His work was exhibited at the Royal Academy and the British Institution and he became a Royal Academician in 1822.

In 1813 Daniell decided to undertake what was to be his greatest artistic work, 'A Voyage Round Great Britain'. His plan was to journey around the whole coast to record views of places of interest. An integral part of the venture was to provide a running commentary, which described the scenery and the conditions of the people. Daniell's approach was to make pencil sketches of views that looked interesting, annotating them with details of colour and texture. The sketches included people and scenery. The transfer of the picture from paper to copper in the form of an aquatint plate required great artistic skill and dexterity. This was done on his return to London, as was the printing and colouring of the prints. The final number of prints included was 308.

The artistic quality of the paintings and aquatints produced and published by Daniell for 'A Voyage Round Great Britain' was considered to be very high. The atmospheric effects which he was able to convey in the aquatint medium were exceptional. This was particularly true of his portrayal of ships and maritime scenery, as he had demonstrated in many earlier paintings and prints. In February 1822 after many years of endeavour, Daniell was finally elected an R.A. In the final ballot the voting was between John Constable and Daniell, the result being 11 to 17.


St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom, KY16

More Information
Code qr194
Artist William Daniell RA (1769-1837)
Date 1822
Dimensions 15.6 x 22.6cm
Medium Aquatint
Style Realism
Subject Seascape & Coastal
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