James Francis Danby, Landscape Painter

(b. 1816, d. 1875)

Landscape Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was born in Bristol in 1816, the elder son of Francis Danby (q.v.). He painted in the style of his father, excelling in sunset effects, and was particularly successful in his coast scenes where he found opportunities for rendering the effects of atmosphere in which he delighted. He was a constant exhibitor in the Royal Academy from 1842 until his death, and also at the British Institution and at the Society of British Artists, of which he was a member. He practised his profession mainly in London, but seems to have visited Ireland, as several of his exhibited works were of Irish scenery, such as "Blackrock Castle, with the Wicklow Mountains," R.A., 1851; "Wicklow Mountains," 1852; "Dublin Lighthouse," 1858, and "Carrickfergus Castle," 1867. He occasionally contributed to the Royal Hibernian Academy between 1849 and 1871. In the Victoria and Albert Museum is his "Houses of Parliament from the river," signed and dated 1864. A small oil picture, "The last Gleam of Sunset," in the National Gallery of Ireland, is probably by him. He died in London, of apoplexy, on 22nd October, 1875.

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