Lot 47
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JAMES CAMPBELL | Our Village Clockmaker Solving a Problem

8,000 - 12,000 GBP
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  • James Campbell
  • Our Village Clockmaker Solving a Problem
  • oil on canvas
  • 35.5 by 30.5cm., 14 by 12in.


Bought by a private collector from the Liverpool Academy in 1859;
Christie's, London, 24 November 1989, lot 127;
The Fine Art Society, London;
The Robertson Collection, Orkney


London, Royal Academy, 1859, no.14
Liverpool, Liverpool Academy, 1859;
London, The Fine Art Society, Paintings, Works on Paper, Sculpture, Furniture & Decorative Arts, 2005, no.6


Henry Currie Marillier, The Liverpool School of Painters, 1904, pp.81-85

Catalogue Note

Trained in London, Campbell later became one of the Liverpool Pre-Raphaelites. His minute attention to detail attracted Ruskin's praise and here it is apparent in the skill with which he has recorded his observation of the clockmaker and the workings of his trade. He showed only two pictures at the Royal Academy, of which this was the first. He was supported by the Pre-Raphaelite collectors John Miller, James Leathart and George Rae.