View of Exmouth from the Beacon Walls

‘View of Exmouth from the Beacon Walls’ by William H Hallett, c.1850. This oil on canvas landscape depicts an aerial view of a large walled garden and property beside water (there is a white columned villa on then right and further white Italianate style buildings on the left). We see two figures attending the animals - sheep, hens, cows - in the garden. The river estuary flows through the centre of the picture behind the gardens and buildings and numerous boats sail on it. Along the tow path a couple stroll with their dog, a man rides a horse and further figures are seen. Houses and a tall chimney appear on the right on the other bank. The foreground is dominated by vegetation and a large pine tree on the left. Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s atmospheric railway and the pumping tower of c.1844 which ran the Exeter St Thomas - Totnes line are both visible. The painting is signed (possibly William Henry Hallett 1810-1858 a shoemaker on The Strand, Exmouth who would have been acquainted with Francis Danby who was resident on the Maer at Exmouth at the time).

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
101/1952
Category
Fine Art
Collection Class
Paintings
Medium
oil on canvas
Common Name
View of Exmouth from the Beacon Walls
Simple Name
painting
Inscription Transcription
Hallet
Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901)
Production Town
Exmouth
Production County
Devon
Production Country
United Kingdom: England
Production Date
c 1850
Production Person Initials
William H
Production Person Surname
Hallett
Production Year Low
1850
Production Year High
1854

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View of Exmouth from the Beacon Walls