The Waterfall

The Waterfall, 1840
Alfred Woolmer (1805-1892)
Oil on canvas
BORGM 02417
Image © Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

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The Waterfall

Born in Exeter, Alfred Woolmer was a painter and sculptor of figurative scenes. He was inspired by the work of the French artist Antoine Watteau (1648-1721) who was revolutionary in his use of colour and light. These influences can be seen in Woolmer’s distinctive style: soft and detailed brushwork with a riot of colours and gentle lighting. Woolmer was exceptionally prolific and, by the of age 60, had exhibited 355 works at the Society of British Artists, 45 at the British Institution, and 12 at the Royal Academy.

In his autobiography Home and Abroad Merton Russell-Cotes writes ‘Woolmer was always a very favourite artist of mine’, an appreciation confirmed by his purchase of fourteen of his paintings.

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