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Edward Thomas Daniell
London 1804 – 1842 Antalya, Turkey

Castle Acre - Norfolk

The Norwich School of Artists. Edward Thomas Daniell, London 1804 – 1842 Antalya, Turkey. Castle Acre - Norfolk. Original etching and drypoint, c1832-33.

Castle Acre - Norfolk
Jane Thistlethwaite 43 ii/ii
120 x 239 mm
Original etching and drypoint, c1832-33.
Second (final) state, with the sky added and other considerable additions in drypoint.
A fine early (lifetime) impression, with burr, on chine appliqué on wove.
Laid down on card, either a related or an original printing crease.


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Additional Information about the Artist

Daniell is an interesting amateur landscape etcher of the second ‘generation’ of the Norwich School. Though most of his adult life was spent elsewhere. The immediacy of his style and use of drypoint anticipate the etching of the Revival later in the century. Still little known today, he neither exhibited nor officially published any of his etchings, which were all produced in the decade 1824-34.

He was born in London but grew up in Norwich from early childhood, attending Norwich Grammar School, where John Crome was the drawing master. Joseph Stannard, a neighbour in Norwich, introduced him to etching in 1824 and shared his studio with him. Even as a student at Oxford Daniell continued to etch and remained in touch with the Norwich School artists. Henry Ninham, like Stannard probably a friend from schooldays, who also lived near the Daniell family home in Norwich, printed all his etching plates.

At Oxford, where he studied 1823-28, Daniell took a degree in Classics; B.A. in 1828, M.A. 1831. The intervening eighteen months he had spent on the Continent sketching.

On his return it was with friends from Oxford that he went on a walking tour of Scotland in 1831 and it is thought encountered the etchings of Andrew Geddes and other Scottish artists, for after this trip he took up using drypoint.

Back in Norwich Daniell was ordained deacon in 1832 and worked as a curate in Norfolk for a couple of years before moving to London, when he was appointed to the curacy of St Mark’s church in Mayfair.

After his move to London in 1834 Daniell continued his strong interest in painting but did no more etching. He exhibited paintings at the Royal Academy and British Institute; and was also a patron and art collector.

The writer Alfred Story described Daniell’s London home as “a treasure-house of art, …(which) comprised works by some of the best painters of the day”.

He was a friend of Turner, John Linnell, Thomas Creswick and David Roberts amongst other artists. In 1840 he resigned his curacy and set off on a sketching tour of the Middle East, Greek islands and the Lycian region of Turkey, joining the archaeological survey of Sir Charles Fellows, making many drawings. But Daniell contracted malaria and died in Turkey.

After Daniell’s death twelve of his plates were printed in editions of 24 and bound into albums (entitled Twelve etchings by Rev. E.T. Daniell) though they were not published.

The other seven prints by Daniell in this exhibition are: