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GEORGE EDWARDS HERING
1805 - 1879 signed & dated 1860
Oil on canvas 17 x 27 inches
Framed size 22 ½ x 32 ¼ inches
Landscape painter of German origin, born in London where his father had a bookbinding business. After an initial start as a bank clerk he was permitted by his family to follow a career in art.
In 1829 he studied in Munich, having travelled there partly by sleigh and skates in order to save money. Here he met and was patronised by Lord Erskin who sent him to Venice with letters of introduction. After a two-year stay in Venice he then travelled around Italy, the Adriatic, Constantinople, Smyrna and the East. He also travelled through Hungary and Transylvania to the Carpathian Mountains, a journey, which was later, described in a book by his travelling companion, John Paget, and illustrated by Hering. In 1836, after 7 years abroad he returned to England.
He published in 1838 a large volume of topographical views, Sketches on the Danube in 1838 and Mountains and Lakes of Switzerland, the Tyrol and Italy in 1847.
He then dedicated himself to landscape painting, exhibiting 87 works at the Royal Academy from 1836 - 1880. He also exhibited 86 works at the British Institute and 10 at The Royal Society of British Artists.
His 1841 exhibit, a view of Amalfi, was purchased through an agency by the Prince Consort and in 1856 a view of Capri was also purchased for the Royal Collection. Both of these were engraved.
Hering continued to pay occasional visits to Italy to paint his favourite scenery. He particularly excelled at lake views. These are painted with a delicate feeling for light and atmosphere, carefully finished and bright and lucid in colouring.
The Art Journal critic wrote in 1861 that “His pictures are not crowded with material, for in the selection of subject he looks after pictorial quality rather than quantity; a bit of mountain scenery, a quiet lake, with a few adjuncts, of ten times suffice for his purpose.”
Hering lived in London at various addresses and also exhibited from an address in Earlswood Common, Surrey in 1852. He painted a number of landscapes in Reigate, Redhill and also in Scotland. He died in London on 18 December 1879.
Works in Public Collections: Victoria & Albert Museums (2), Hamburg, Melbourne; Royal Collection; Victoria Art Gallery Bath; Birmingham City Art Gallery; Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge; Leamington Spa Art Gallery; Laing Art Gallery; Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery; Beecroft Art Gallery; Watford Museum.
Bibl: Art Journal 1861, 1880
Dictionary of Victorian Painters - Christopher Wood
|Height||17.00 inch||(43.18 cm)|
|Width||27.00 inch||(68.58 cm)|
|External Height||22.50 inch||(57.15 cm)|
|External Width||32.25 inch||(81.91 cm)|
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