Approaching Thunderstorm

Approaching Thunderstorm, Flocks driven home, Picardy c.1869
Henry William Banks Davis
Oil on canvas
BORGM 00647
Image © Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

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Approaching Thunderstorm, Flocks Driven Home, Picardy, France

Davis was a landscape and animal painter, and his subjects were mostly painted in Wales, Scotland and Northern France. He took a home a few miles from Boulogne and produced many scenes of this area of France. In the 1850s and early 1860s he was influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites and his paintings of this period show a high level of observation and detail. Later he broadened his style and turned to larger works. His paintings were immensely popular and made high prices in his lifetime. In Approaching Thunderstorm, Flocks Driven Home, Picardy, we see impressive lighting effects giving a strong sense of drama to the work. Davis shows his versatility as a ‘plein air’ oil sketcher.

Banks studied at the Royal Academy Schools and he was elected a Royal Academician in 1877. He exhibited over one hundred works at the Royal Academy.


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