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Artist Edgar West (1821-1884)

Edgar West was a Victorian landscape artist, mainly in watercolour, who exhibited from 1857 to 1881. He lived in London and painted scenes in Devon, Cornwall, Normandy, and as in these two examples, Norway (a Norwegian scene was exhibited at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours in 1871 but whether it was one of these is not known). He seemed to specialise in dramatic landscape scenes which were popular in the Victorian era, although he also did other kinds of paintings.


Although these pictures use watercolour as the prime medium, they also use bodycolour and gouache apparently, particularly in the second one. Another example of his work is in the Victoria and Albert Museum. He exhibited pictures at a variety of venues including the Royal Society of Artists, Birmingham, the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, the Manchester City Art Gallery, the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of British Artists.


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