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Thames Embankment, Richmond upon Thames

Ernest R. Fox

English ( fl.1883 - 1919 )

Thames Embankment, Richmond upon Thames

  • Oil on canvas
  • Signed & dated 1884 lower left

Image size 15.8 inches x 25.6 inches ( 40cm x 65cm )
Frame size 26.4 inches x 36.6 inches ( 67cm x 93cm )

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Ernest R Fox was an accomplished British landscape artist, born around 1860 in Dorchester, Dorset. It is not known when he died, but he was certainly active during 1886-1919.

Ernst Fox lived in various places in the UK; he was living in Marazion, Cornwall when the 1861 census was taken, and between 1880 and 1884 he lived at the Tower House, Dudley in the West Midlands. From then he returned to the south coast, living in Dover from 1884 and then to Canterbury in 1910. In 1917 he was living in Hythe, Kent and has also been recorded as living in Strood, Rochester, Kent.

Ernest R Fox was elected as a member of the New English Art Club in 1888 and exhibited prolifically for many years. His works were shown at the Royal Academy, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Dudley Gallery, Grosvenor Gallery, the London Salon, Downdeswell Gallery and the Alpine Club in London, as well as the Royal Society of Artists in Birmingham, the Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, the Walker Gallery in Liverpool and the Manchester City Art Gallery. He also exhibited with the Royal Society of British Artists. He was an associate of James McNeil Whistler.

Early in 2013 workers in a charity shop in Kent spotted an address on the cover of a donated artist’s sketchbook of watercolour works. The pictures in the sketchbook were subsequently identified as being by Ernest R Fox and are now on display at Dudley museum, which already held two of his oil paintings. They show views of Dudley around 100 years ago and add to our knowledge of his artistic work.

Ernest R Fox currently has works shown in the Public Catalogue Foundation, which can be seen in the BBC Your Paintings website.

This magnificently serene view of Richmond upon Thames must rank as one of his best works and is extremely beautiful.