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TITLE
Thurso from near Holborn Head
EXTERNAL ID
AB_WICK_ART_31
PLACENAME
Thurso
DISTRICT
Northern Caithness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS: Thurso
CREATOR
William Daniell
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
557
KEYWORDS
landscapes
seascapes
Thurso from near Holborn Head

This engraving of "Thurso from near Holborn Head" by William Daniell hangs in the Carnegie library building in Wick.

Will Daniell was an English painter. Born in Kingston-upon-Thames in Surrey. His father was a bricklayer and owner of a public house called The Swan in near-by Chertsey. Daniell's future career was dramatically changed when he was sent to live with his uncle Thomas (1749-1840) after the premature death of his father in 1779. His uncle was an artist and later Royal Academician, and William became his pupil. Uncle and nephew left Britain in April 1785 to voyage throughout China and India.

In Calcutta in 1791, they held a lottery of their combined paintings, using the proceeds to continue their travelling and sketching. They returned to Britain in 1794, where they put their experiences to use in exhibition-size oil paintings. Daniell's 'View of the East India Fleet in the Sunda Strait' reflects his travels, and in 1819 he published an illustrated book A Picturesque Voyage to India by way of China. He made sketching tours throughout the British countryside, publishing A Voyage Around Great Britain (1814-25). It was on this tour that he composed this engraving.

Around this time, in 1821, he was elected a Royal Academician. His shipping scenes, such 'A Bird's-Eye View of the East India Dock at Blackwell' (National Maritime Museum, London), were supplemented by greatly admired battle pieces. In 1825, he won a prize of £100 for a pair of the 'Battle of Trafalgar', exhibited at the British Institution. He continued to work until his death 12 years later.

Situated on the Pentland Firth in the beautiful sheltered Thurso Bay, Thurso is the most northerly town on the Scottish mainland. Thurso is a long established town with origins dating back to Viking times when it was an important Norse settlement, the major gateway to mainland Scotland.

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Thurso from near Holborn Head

CAITHNESS: Thurso

landscapes; seascapes

Am Baile

Wick Public Building Art

This engraving of "Thurso from near Holborn Head" by William Daniell hangs in the Carnegie library building in Wick.<br /> <br /> Will Daniell was an English painter. Born in Kingston-upon-Thames in Surrey. His father was a bricklayer and owner of a public house called The Swan in near-by Chertsey. Daniell's future career was dramatically changed when he was sent to live with his uncle Thomas (1749-1840) after the premature death of his father in 1779. His uncle was an artist and later Royal Academician, and William became his pupil. Uncle and nephew left Britain in April 1785 to voyage throughout China and India. <br /> <br /> In Calcutta in 1791, they held a lottery of their combined paintings, using the proceeds to continue their travelling and sketching. They returned to Britain in 1794, where they put their experiences to use in exhibition-size oil paintings. Daniell's 'View of the East India Fleet in the Sunda Strait' reflects his travels, and in 1819 he published an illustrated book A Picturesque Voyage to India by way of China. He made sketching tours throughout the British countryside, publishing A Voyage Around Great Britain (1814-25). It was on this tour that he composed this engraving.<br /> <br /> Around this time, in 1821, he was elected a Royal Academician. His shipping scenes, such 'A Bird's-Eye View of the East India Dock at Blackwell' (National Maritime Museum, London), were supplemented by greatly admired battle pieces. In 1825, he won a prize of £100 for a pair of the 'Battle of Trafalgar', exhibited at the British Institution. He continued to work until his death 12 years later. <br /> <br /> Situated on the Pentland Firth in the beautiful sheltered Thurso Bay, Thurso is the most northerly town on the Scottish mainland. Thurso is a long established town with origins dating back to Viking times when it was an important Norse settlement, the major gateway to mainland Scotland.