Distant View of the Carrera Mountains

Distant View of the Carrera Mountains by Edith Corbet, 1850-circa 1920. Signed 'Edith Corbet' and dated 1896. Oil on panel: 8 1/2 x 21 3/8 inches, 21.6 x 54.3 cm.

Exhibited: York City Art Gallery, Leighton House, London and Stoke on Trent Museum, 1989, The Etruscans. Painters ofthe Italian Landscape 1850-1900, (catalogue of the exhibition by Christopher Newall), number 76.

Commentary by Hilary Morgan

The Etruscan painters did not restrict themselves to scenes that were obviously picturesque or coloured by historical associations. The present image with its fisherman's bothy and nets is an excellent example of the informal qualities of Etruscan painting. It can be compared with two pictures of the same locality from different viewpoints painted by Edith Corbet's husband, Matthew Ridley Corbet in 1885 (York City Art Gallery 1989). The present image also shows the panoramic horizontal format favoured by the Etruscan painters in order to suggest a sense of space.

References

Morgan, Hilary and Nahum, Peter. Burne-Jones, The Pre-Raphaelites and Their Century. London: Peter Nahum, 1989. Catalogue number 144.

York City Art Gallery 1989. Catalogue numbers 59 and 66.

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