Monumental view of London harbor was executed by Charles John de Lacy (1856 in Sunderland, County Durham, England, United Kingdom - 1929 in Epsom, Surrey, England, United Kingdom). He was a British painter, graphic artist and illustrator whose main focus was pictures with marine motifs. He was particularly known for his paintings of the navy and warships. His most important client was the shipbuilding company Sir W.G. Armstrong-Whitworth & Co., Ltd. in Elswick, Tyne and Wear.
De Lacy found work in his native Durham in the 1870s. De Lacy often signed under Chas. J. de Lacy and made a name for himself as a painter and illustrator of mostly maritime subjects. He later moved back to Lambeth and married there. The couple initially lived at 68 Flaxman Road in Lambeth and later at 32 Westwell Road in Streatham.
De Lacy had his first exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in 1889, after he had committed to teaching at the National Gallery in London. Magazines such as The Illustrated London News were among de Lacy´s early patrons.
Charles John de Lacy´s preferred subjects were maritime subjects. Most of his paintings and prints therefore show ships on the high seas like Der Untergang der Lusitania (The Sinking of the Lusitania), ports like The Pool of London at Sundown and naval battles like his painting The Battle against the Spanish Armada (The Battle Against the Spanish Armada). However, some of de Lacy´s pictures also show rivers and bridges - for example Hammersmith Bridge - the present - after 1887 - view from the coast of Surrey (Hammersmith Bridge - the present one - post 1887 - looking from the Surrey shore). De Lacy seldom devoted himself to motifs of industry as in The birth of the giant of modern industry.
Literature: artist lexicon by Thieme/Becker ; Vollmer ( all in German); Johnson I, 1975; RoyalAcadExhib II, 1977; Wood, 1978 (Repr. 1991); Houfe, 1981; Archibald, 1989; M.Beasley, Five c. of artists in Sutton, Sutton 1989.
Inscription: signed lower left.
Technique: oil on canvas, gilt frame.
Measurements: unframed w 50 5/8" x h 30 1/3" (128,5 x 77 cm), framed w 53 7/8" x h 33 1/8 " (137 x 84 cm) .
Condition: in very good condition.