Francis Danby ARA (1793-1861)

The painter of biblical disasters Francis Danby was born in Ireland, studying art in Dublin and moving to Bristol in 1813. He became ARA in 1825. He had an unfortunate marriage, which broke up in 1929, when he went to live in Switzerland. His oeuvre included historical pictures and landscapes as well as his exciting gloom- and-doom paintings from the Old Testament. The Tate Gallery contains some of the biggest and best of these, but there are good smaller examples as well, for example in Wolverhampton and a small Midsummer Night's Dream at Oldham.

Danby had two sons who became painters, and one of them, the landscape painter James Francis Danby (1816- 1875) has a couple of nautical pictures in Birmingham.

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