|Title||A River Scene|
|Collection||Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery|
|Artist||Duhem, Henry Aime (French artist, 1860-)|
|Date Earliest||possibly about 1875|
|Date Latest||possibly about 1900|
|Description||The painting depicts a bleak, rural, landscape, with a small river, or ditch, running down the centre. It is lined on the left side by spindly trees, devoid of leaves - which would indicate that it is winter.|
|Current Accession Number||BLKMG:P332|
|Inscription||front ll 'a l’ami Ingham HENRI DUHEM'|
|Measurements||33 x 23 cm (estimate)|
|Material||oil on panel|
|Acquisition Details||Given by the family of Thomas Ingham on his death 1936.|
On back, in chalk: 'INGHAM'
Little can be established about Thomas Ingham, of Oakdene, West View, Cop o' th' Low, Tockholes, except that he was obviously a private man; despite his substantial collection of paintings and generous bequest to the museum, there was not even an obituary published in the regional press when he died on the 31 January 1936. The paintings which he had loaned to the museum in October 1932 then became part of the permanent collection. However, we may deduce something of his character as a collector. What is notable about his collection is the very personal relationship it reveals to the artists involved. There is the portrait of him painted by Gagliardini, (from whom he acquired six works in oil), which suggests that they must have met at least once, and possibly that he bought his paintings in person from the artist. Then there are the two oil paintings by Henri Duhem and his wife Marie, both inscribed ‘to Ingham' in very warm terms. The painting by Marie depicts a small child in a sun-dappled woodland glade, and speaks of a very personal relationship to their ‘patron'; the intimacy of this picture, with the obvious affection of the inscription, suggests that they knew each other well, that he may have visited them and known personally the child in the picture. All this begs for some future research into the Ingham collection.
|Rights Owner||© Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery|