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Exhibition | Northern Life and Landscape: Julius Caesar Ibbetson

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on June 8, 2013

From Temple Newsam House:

Northern Life and Landscape: Julius Caesar Ibbetson (1759–1817)
Temple Newsam House, Leeds, 12 February – 10 November 2013

Julius Caesar Ibbetson, A Phaeton in a Thunderstorm, 1798 (oil on canvas), Leeds Museums and Art Galleries (Temple Newsam House)

Julius Caesar Ibbetson, A Phaeton in a Thunderstorm, 1798 (Leeds Museums and Art Galleries, Temple Newsam House)

This new exhibition looks at works of art made by the Leeds artist Julius Caesar Ibbetson (17591817) who painted life and landscape as he saw it  with little interpretation. Today Ibbetson is little celebrated but he was one of the City’s most significant eighteenth-century artists, who became well known for his pictures of rustic scenes, cattle and rural scenery.

As an artist, Ibbetson held a great passion for nature and an intrigue for human oddity, preferring to create factual observations of rural life as he experienced it. In this endeavour his contribution to British history is fascinating as, when we examine his artworks today, they expose a rare view of rural life and begin to reveal some of the realities of living and working in the north of England during the late 1700s. The exhibition brings together a loan collection of Ibbetson drawings recording aspects of his family life and a recent donation of artworks from the Estate of Helen Mackaness to Leeds Museums and Galleries.

More examples of the artist’s work are available at BBC Your Paintings»