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‘The Rialto Bridge Venice, by Moonlight’

Signed & dated 1853
Oil on canvas 24” x 36”

Henry Pether
British, 1852-1928

Alfred de Breanski Senior is regarded as one of England’s most accomplished landscape painters.  Born in London, the eldest son of Leopold Breanski, he travelled widely in Wales, the Lake District and the Scottish Highlands.

He made his debut at the Royal Academy in 1872, where he exhibited until 1918.  His work was also exhibited at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Royal Cambrian Academy and the New Watercolour Society.

Breanski drew much of his inspiration from the dramatic Scottish countryside, such as the Highlands, which are famed for their desolate beauty and which provided some of the most spectacular scenery in Britain.

For much of his life Breanski lived in Greenwich, Lewisham and Cookham and there he also painted views along the Thames.  He is especially known for his dramatic sunsets and rose tinted skies at dawn and dusk.

In 1880 he became a Freeman of the City of London.  His many patrons included Sir James Lemon and the Bishop of Peterborough.  Breanski’s work is represented in several museums at home and abroad, including Southampton Art Gallery, the Laing Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne and the Sydney Museum


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