Ramsay Richard Reinagle RA, Landscape with Castle Ruin - Chalk & wash drawing


An original early 19th-century watercolour painting, Ramsay Richard Reinagle RA Landscape with Castle Ruin.

A lively signed work in black chalk and grey wash by Ramsay Richard Reinagle RA (1775–1862). Reinagle worked in the style of his father Philip Reinagle RA, who trained with Allan Ramsay (thought to be the origin of Ramsay Richard’s name).

The scene is most likely a capriccio, with compositional elements of stream, footbridge and castle introduced into an observed landscape, and the woodcutters providing human interest in the middle ground.

The scene is possibly inspired by a visit to Wales and its picturesque castle ruins.

Reinagle painted many wooded scenes, and landscapes in the Lake District in particular.

Whilst the drawing is not topographical, the subject resembles an 1830 steel engraving after Reinagle of Bothwell Castle in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, which was reproduced in Sir Walter Scott, Landscape illustrations of the Waverley novels, 1832. Woodcutting was carried out nearby to Bothwell Castle at Cadzow Forest (where in the mid-19th century landscape painters discovered a Scottish equivalent to the type of subject matter offered by the Forest of Fontainebleau to the painters of the Barbizon School).

On wove paper.

Provenance: Abbott & Holder

Signed lower left: 'R.R. Reinagle delt.'
There is slight age toning to the outer edges of the paper. Verso paper and adhesive remnants as shown. Please see photos for detail.
18.9cm x 24.3cm.

Ramsay Richard Reinagle RA (1775–1862) was a pupil of his father Philip Reinagle, whose landscapes often featured cattle or sporting scenes. R.R. Reinagle exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1788, aged just thirteen. He studied in Rome as a young man in 1796, and he subsequently visited Holland to study from the 17th-century Dutch masters. He was strongly influenced by the Dutch painters Ruisdael, Potter and Wouwerman.

Reinagle was elected an associate and then member of the Society of Painters in Watercolours in 1805 and 1806 respectively. He went on to become Treasurer and President, in 1807 and 1808. During this period he exhibited 67 drawings there, which were mostly Italian landscapes and English lakes scenes. He exhibited portraits and landscapes in oil at the Royal Academy, becoming an associate of the RA in 1814 and academician in 1823.

In 1848 Reinagle was forced to resign as a Royal Academician when it was discovered that a work he had exhibited as his own was actually by J.W. Yarnold, but had been altered slightly by Reinagle. He nevertheless continued to exhibit at the RA until 1857.

In his later years he sank into poverty and was assisted by a pension from the funds of the academy. He died at Chelsea on 17 November 1862.

Reinagle's work can be found in many public collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate, National Portrait Gallery, National Trust and Government Art Collection.

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Product code: JM-569

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