View of the Eastern Shore of Derwentwater, looking South by William James Blacklock. Watercolour, 8 1/4ins X 12ins (17ins x 21ins)
Born in London, the son of a bookseller, he became an apprentice bookseller himself. William James Blacklock himself became an apprentice to a bookseller in London where he lived for fourteen years. During this time he took up painting professionally and first exhibited at the RA in 1836 and continued to exhibit there until 1850. Sadly, by 1850 his eyesight was failing and he moved back to Cumwhitton and worked in a studio just outside of Carlisle. His health deteriorated further and after losing sight in one eye he had to retire from painting.
Blacklock was much admired for his Pre-Raphaelite style . His work showed the same intensity and detail. Painting in oils and watercolours , his views were mostly of Cumbria and the lakes. This delicate watercolour of blue tones has been in a private collection for many years.
Prov. John Lee of Lannercost