The Serpent Lake , Gap of Dunloe, Killarney

Alfred de Breanski senior 1852 - 1928)picture.jpg

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19th Century 


Private collector


Oil on Canvas


Bottom LHS



600 mm x 400mm


770 mm x 565 mm




Superb Alfred de Breanski (senior) oil on canvas with fabulous sunset over Loch Katrine, a freshwater loch and scenic attraction in the Trossachs area of the Scottish Highlands, in the District of Stirling.

Loch Katrine is also the fictional setting of Sir Walter Scott's poem 'The Lady of the Lake' and subsequent opera by Gioachino Rossini, 'La donna del Lago'.

The sky is tuning orange as it sets over the loch, reflecting off the mountains and sheep are grazing in the foreground on the slopes down to the loch. The painting is inscribed verso and is housed in a quality wood and gesso frame. The painting is in superb condition

Alfred de Breanski Senior (1852 - 1928)

Alfred de Breanski Senior was a distinguished landscape painter who became famous for his resplendent views of the Welsh and Scottish Highlands; he also painted many views of the Thames. Often bathed in a flood of golden light, these landscapes usually feature water and cattle or sheep on grassy banks; sometimes a solitary figure is seen the distance.

Bréanski belonged to the real stamp of those landscape painters who nimbly seized moments of the day. He had a great passion for the Highlands and perhaps more than any other, caught the atmospheric influences of the undulating landscape.

Born in London, Alfred was the eldest son of Leopold Bréanski; his younger brother and sister, Gustave and Julie, were also painters. He made his debut at the Royal Academy in 1872 and he continued to exhibit there until 1918. He also exhibited at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the Royal Cambrian Academy. His many patrons included Sir James Lemon and the Bishop of Peterborough, who purchased the first picture that he exhibited at the Royal Academy “Evening: Softly falls the even light”.

In 1873, Bréanski married Annie Roberts, a talented Welsh artist whom he met during his frequent painting trips to Wales. They had seven children, two of which, Alfred Fontville and Arthur, were both to become painters. For much of his life Bréanski lived in Greenwich, Lewisham and Cookham and in 1880 he became a Freeman of the City of London.

The work of Bréanski is represented in several public collections including the Southampton Art Gallery and the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

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