The Wallace Collection

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Bridlington Harbour
  • Copley Fielding (1787 - 1855)
  • Bridlington Harbour
  • England
  • 1837
  • Painting
  • Watercolour with gum varnish on paper
  • Image size: 47.5 x 78 cm
  • Signature: 'Copley Fielding 1837'
  • P691
  • Not on display
Further Reading
  • The son of the portrait and landscape painter, Nathan Theodore Fielding, Copley Fielding became the best known of six children who all practised painting, particularly in watercolours. In 1809 he settled in London where he studied with John Varley, whose sister-in-law he married. From 1816 he divided his time between London and towns on the south coast of England. He was highly prolofic, exhibiting at the Royal Academy, the British Institution and the Old Water-Colour Society (where he exhibited 1,748 works between 1813 and 1855). Many of his later watercolours repeat earlier subjects and compositions. He specialized in coastal scenes and views in Wales and the Lake District; he was particularly admired for his depiction of misty distances. This is a particularly large and splendid example of Fielding's seascapes. The two piers seen on the right were constructed in 1816-48 and so were incomplete when Fielding's watercolour was painted.