Friday, 8 March 2013

A tribute to Danish School

To: The Editor, The Guardian. Dear Sir; should you require the services of a freelance caption checker ... 
 
There are few artists remaining of the calibre of Danish School (1740 - 1798) who remain unknown and un-honoured by a blockbuster exhibition, but School's work remains the provenance of specialist art historians and the occasional doctoral candidate at the Courtauld. Perhaps it is time to raise his profile a little.

Danish School - another howler from the Guardian

Danish was born the son of a Portsmouth fishwife, Ada School, and with his brother Hamish received a rudimentary eduction from the church school. His proficiency at 'limning' or drawing swiftly drew him to the attention of a wealthy local landowner, Sir Jeremiah Wart, who commissioned from the young School a series of portraits of members of his prized herd of pedigree Manx goats. This led rapidly to commissions from Wart's neighbours for portraits of their daughters and families, and it was a delicate and fresh piece, a head and shoulders rendering of Miss Ephah Bunion nibbling a washing line, seen in the London home of the earl of Liphook, that advanced School to the rank of Court Painter at the age of nineteen.....

3 comments:

Demetrius said...

Was this the Ephah Bunion who ran a dating agency in Winchester which introduced the Rev. Austen to Cassandra Leigh? There is a story to be told here.

James Higham said...

Still scratching the head over that one.

Anonymous said...

"nibbling a washing line"
Huh?