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Henry Pether
Late 18th century Antique English Moonlight over a lake and church landscape

circa 1790

About the Item

Henry Pether, late 18th-century Moonlight lake Landscape. Born into a family of artists, Henry was the son of Abraham Pether (1756-1812), a talented landscape painter originally from Chichester, recognized for his skill in depicting moonlit scenes. His pictures attracted much admiration, earning him the sobriquet of "Moonlight" Pether. Abraham had another son who became a painter, Sebastian, who was also influenced by his father’s artistic interests and he too painted moonlit scenes. Unlike his father and brother, however, Henry favored actual scenes, often of the Thames, over the more artificial compositions of his father and brother. His works convey an evocative sense of poetry and realism, such as in the present lot, with great attention to detail and dramatic composition. This is a very good example of the artist's work and in real life has a great deal of presence and impact. The painting is framed in a Silver vintage English frame.
  • Creator:
    Henry Pether (1828-1865, British)
  • Creation Year:
    circa 1790
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 28 in (71.12 cm)Width: 36 in (91.44 cm)
  • Medium:
  • Movement & Style:
  • Period:
    1790-1799
  • Condition:
    The painting has been recently cleaned and is now back to its original condition.
  • Gallery Location:
    Woodbury, CT
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU507311168542
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