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Cecilia Lucy Brightwell
Thorpe St Andrew, near Norwich 1811 – 1875 Norwich

Cottages beside a Canal

The Norwich School of Artists. Cecilia Lucy Brightwell. Thorpe St Andrew, near Norwich 1811 – 1875 Norwich. Cottages beside a Canal. Original etching.

Cottages beside a Canal
New Hollstein 202, Rembrandt copy G
146 x 213 mm
Etching, 1835, after Rembrandt.
A copy in the right direction and to the same size. Printed on chine appliqué.
The support sheet pasted at the four corners to a backing sheet which is inscribed in pencil at the foot “After Rembrandt”.
One pale foxmark.


Probably a view of Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, etched by Rembrandt in about 1645 (B.228).

This Brightwell impression differs from the three impressions in the British Museum collection. Here there are a few extraneous lines at the right edge of the plate towards the top and an accidental (?) curved line across the roof of the barn. The barn has less tonality.

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Additional Information about the Artist

Lucy Brightwell studied etching with John Sell Cotman.

She produced overall about thirty five plates, including a few original landscapes but mainly copies after the old masters.

She made four copies of Rembrandt etchings, all landscapes (an impression of each is included here), and also etched copies of two Rembrandt figure drawings in the British Museum.

She exhibited only once, in 1839, at the Norfolk and Norwich Art Union. The British Museum has a collection of her etchings, as does Norwich Castle Museum, which also own thirty-two of her copper plates.

Lucy Brightwell also made lithographic illustrations to a botanical book, published 1848, written by her father, a solicitor with scientific interests and Mayor of Norwich in 1837. She was herself the author of a number of books, biographies written for the young and others published by the Religious Tract Society.

The other six prints by Brightwell in this exhibition are: