The Norman Archipelago (in the Channel Islands)

John Brett, 1830 - 1902

The Norman Archipelago (in the Channel Islands)

John Brett 1830 - 1902


A precisely painted panoramic view of the Channel islands, from Sark, looking across a calm sea towards Guernsey, Herm and Jethou. A sailing vessel, on left, sails close to a current which has been produced as the ebbing tide pours through a narrow channel between rocks, in the middleground, centre. More vessels can be seen in the distance, on the right, with white sails. Low pink clouds can be seen on the horizon against a bright blue sky.

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Gallery text panel The Pre-Raphaelites in their Time Britain's first and best-known radical art movement emerged from within the Royal Academy in 1848. Its original members were rebellious art students who were disillusioned with contemporary practice. They looked back to Italian art before Raphael, seeing the pre-1500 period as one of great sincerity. They called themselves the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. In an age of rapid industrial and urban expansion, Pre-Raphaelite artists like Rossetti, Hunt and Millais, and pioneering design reformers such as William Morris, sought a return to pre-industrial values of art and design in truth to nature and materials, and good workmanship. In addition, the arts of the Middle Ages and Middle East were important sources of stylistic inspiration. The Bible, literature and contemporary life were preferred over subjects derived from classical mythology. The Brotherhood also rejected contrived studio lighting and took canvases outside to paint directly from nature. Although attempting to convey exactly what they saw, they created a heightened reality of dream-like intensity with minute details and bright, dazzling colours. Their art was a new kind of history painting for a new age.

Object Name

The Norman Archipelago (in the Channel Islands)

Creators Name

John Brett

Date Created



Canvas: sight: 107.2cm x 214cm
Frame : external: 146.7 x 254

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Place of creation

Channel Islands




oil paint

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[G7] Manchester Art Gallery - Gallery 7
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