British Art

A Coastal Scene by Robert Salmon (c 1775-c 1851) - Oil on panel - 1827 - 29.5 x 44.5 cm - 1993.18 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock The Curiosity Shop in Venice by  John Frederick Lewis (1804-1876) - Watercolour on paper - 48.5 x 63.5 cm - 1977.939 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock The Bull Fight, Plaza de Toros, Seville by John Frederick Lewis (1804-1876) - Gouache on paper - 1838 - 29.2 x 44.2 cm  - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Contadini at the Shrine by John Frederick Lewis (1804-1876) - Watercolour on paper - 1839 - 35.2 x 25.2 cm  - 1977.941 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock The Leaning Tower of Zaragoza by John Frederick Lewis (1804-1806) - Watercolour on paper - 1832 - 35.9 x 25.9 cm  - 1977.940 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Landscape by Samuel Bough (1822-1878) - Oil on panel - 1854 - 19 x 26.5 cm - 1977.656 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock A Scotch Lake at Eventide by Alfred de Breanski (1852-1928) - Oil on canvas - 76.5 x 127.5 cm - 1977.672 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Fishing by David Cox the elder (1783-1859) - Watercolour on paper - 28 x 24 cm - 1977.731 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock A Pastoral by Alfred East (1844-1913) - Oil on canvas - 60 x 75 cm - 1977.788 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock View of Strasburgh by Myles Birket Foster (1825-1899) - Watercolour on paper - c 1854 -   13.8 x 17.5 cm - 1977.883 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock The Bird Fanciers by Dudley Hardy (1866-1922) - Watercolour on paper - 32.3 x 47 cm - 1977.860 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock In the Track of the Trawler by Charles Napier Hemy (1841-1917) - Watercolour on paper - 47.5 x 69 cm  1977.865 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock In Spite of Wind and Weather by Charles Napier Hemy (1841-1917) - Watercolour on paper - 1904 - 47 x 69.5 cm  - 1977.866 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Murton Pike from Brough by Charles John Holmes (1868-1936) - Watercolour on paper - 1932 - 25 x 34.4 cm - 1977.889 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Rising Mists, Loch Eck by Louis Bosworth Hurt (1856-1929) - Oil on canvas - 76.8 x 127.8 cm  - 1977.903 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Yasmeenah by Lord Frederic Leighton (1830-1896) - Oil on canvas - c 1880 - 78.3 x 57 cm - 1977.936 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock The Locket by Charles Robert Leslie (1794-1859) - Oil on canvas - 45.5 x 39 cm - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Sailing Barges, Antwerp by Thérèse Lessore (1884-1945) - Watercolour on paper - 38.4 x 58.6 cm - 1977.938 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Bt (1788-1850), Prime Minister by John Linnell (1792-1882) - Oil on canvas - 73.5 x 60.3 cm - 1977.943 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock St. Mary's Church, Handsworth, Birmingham by Samuel Henry Baker (1824-1909) - Oil on canvas - 46 x 68.8 cm - 1978.366 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Afternoon Sleep by Sir William Orpen (1878-1931) - Oil on canvas - 1912 - 100 x 95 cm - 1977.1068 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock The Antaus under Construction by William Allen Brunning (1818-1850) - Oil on canvas -  156.9 x 259.1 cm  - 1978.208 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock The Old Mill by Edmund Gustavus Müller (1816 - c 1876)   - Oil on canvas - 85.7 x 153 cm - Dated 1854 - 1977.1023  - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock 'To the Shore' by Francis Henry Newbery (1855-1946) - Oil on canvas - 76.5 x 64 cm - Dated circa 1910 - 1977.1029  - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock. 'A Saint, from the 'Jackdaw of Rheims' by Briton Rivière (1840-1920). - Oil on canvas - 51.2 x 32.3 cm - 1977.1110 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock. 'Street Scene in Normandy' by Samuel Prout (1783-1852) - Watercolour on paper - 45 x 33.4 cm - 1977.1137 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock. 'An English Stream' by John Wright Oakes (1820-1887) - Oil on canvas - 38.5 x 53.5 cm - 1977.1066 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock. 'Scene in an English Inn' by Edgar Bundy (1862-1922) - Oil on canvas - 46 x 59 cm - dated 1907 - 1977.683 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock.

British Art in the collection includes paintings, drawings and sculptures executed by artists born in England, Wales or Ireland and contains over 60 oil paintings, 54 watercolours, 39 prints, 3 drawings and 7 pieces of sculpture. The collection contains works dating from the eighteenth century to the contemporary period. There are nineteenth century English landscapes, Victorian narrative, history and genre paintings with several important artists from this period represented in the collection.

Particularly noteworthy are a group of five watercolours on Italian and Spanish subjects by John Frederick Lewis and a group of oil paintings on Inverclyde subjects by the marine artist Robert Salmon. In addition, there significant works of high quality by Sam Bough, Gerald L. Brockhurst, Sir Alfred East, Charles Napier Hemy, Louis Bosworth Hurt, Dame Laura Knight, John Linnell; Lord Frederic Leighton, Frank Henry Mason, Sir Alfred John Munnings and works by the Irish artists Sir William Orpen and Seán Keating.

There a wide variety of printmaking techniques represented including engraving, aquatint, lithography and etching. Many of the works are early nineteenth century commercial prints but there also works by significant British printmakers such as William Daniell and William Henry Bartlett, William Lionel Wyllie, Augustus Edwin John and Edward Bawden. 

The collection also includes sculpture, the most notable work being a full length marble sculpture of James Watt by Sir Francis Legatt Chantrey, housed in the Watt Library, Greenock). The rest of the collection consists largely of sculptural busts in plaster and marble. Although relatively small, the McLean Museum’s British Art collection contains works of national and international importance such as those by John Frederick Lewis, Robert Salmon and Lord Frederick Leighton.

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