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First Impressions
Landscape Oil Sketches 1730-1860

Master Paintings Week, 2012

Landscape Oil Sketches 1780-1860

Ben Elwes Fine Art is delighted to announce their summer exhibition, First Impressions - Landscape Oil Sketches 1780-1860, from the John Lishawa Collection, a selection of 51 en-plein air paintings.

The majority of the works in the exhibition are being sold from the collection of John Lishawa, with a small selection of works loaned from museums and other private collections. Coinciding with Master Paintings Week, the exhibition will be on view from 19 June until 13 July. It will include, amongst other works by Granet, Dunouy, Denis, a spectacular coastal scene by Eugène Isabey, Stormy Sea at Etretat, as well as one of the finest painting in Michallon’s oeuvre, View of the Temple of Segesta.

John Lishawa collected these works over the period of 40 years and his collection represents one of the best of its kind. The exhibition catalogue features an introductory essay by Charlotte Gere, whose own collection (along with that of her late husband, John Gere) of plein-air art was featured in an exhibition at the National Gallery, London in 1999.

Ben Elwes Fine Art has an established reputation as a specialist dealer in the field of Old Master and British paintings. Ben, together with his wife and co-director, Rachel Layton Elwes, have worked not only for private individuals, but their clients have also included numerous international museums. Much of their previous stock has been of important historical significance, and like the art in this exhibition, represents a rare glimpse into the artistic process.

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