The Cool Stream
The Cool Stream
The Cool Stream


The Cool Stream

1860 United Kingdom

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William Cave Thomas
1820 – 1896
The Cool Stream
Oil on canvas
Image size: 17 ½ x 11 inches
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Thomas was a link, via his friend Ford Madox Brown with whom he shared a studio in 1848, between the Pre- Raphaelites and the monastic group of German painters known as the Nazarenes. Thomas studied in Munich in the early 1840s and adopted the Nazarenes’ severe style, hard outline and Christian subject matter. In 1845, three years before the Brotherhood was formed, Brown went to Munich to meet the two most important Nazarenes, Overbeck and Cornelius, probably at Thomas’ introduction. Thomas also knew Seddon and Rossetti, and was credited with giving the Pre-Raphaelite periodical The Germ its name.

In Munich in entered he worked under Hess on the frescoes in the Basilica. Two years later he returned to take part in the Westminster competitions, for which his training ideally equipped him and in which he twice won premiums. He exhibited at the Royal Academy (1843-62), the British Institution and elsewhere, concentrating on historical. literary and allegorical themes. Three papers by him on 'The Influences which tend to retard Progress of the Fine Arts' were published in the Builder in 1848, and a pamphlet, PreRaphaelitism tested by the Principles of Christianity: An Introduction to Chnman Idealism, appeared in 1860.

Height 17.50 inch (44.45 cm)
Width 11.00 inch (27.94 cm)
Oil on canvas
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