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

Canal scene with a Windmill and Cottages

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

Canal scene with a Windmill and Cottages
149 x 291 mm
Etching, a reverse copy of a drawing in the British Museum, formerly attributed to Rembrandt, also to Anthony van Borssom and now thought to be by Arent de Gelder.
On china paper mounted onto wove and corner mounted onto a still album sheet.
Slight foxing.

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Arent de Gelder was one of Rembrandts last pupils, studying in his studio 1661-63.

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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: