Edward Thomas Daniell
Edward Thomas Daniell was an English artist known for his etchings and landscape paintings. He is associated with the Norwich School of painters, a group of artists connected by location and personal and professional relationships. As an etcher he was unsurpassed by the other Norwich artists in the use of drypoint, and he anticipated the modern revival of etching which began in the 1850s.
About Edward Thomas Daniell in brief
Edward Thomas Daniell was an English artist known for his etchings and the landscape paintings he made during an expedition to the Middle East. He is associated with the Norwich School of painters, a group of artists connected by location and personal and professional relationships. The distinctive style of his watercolours was influenced in part by Crome, J. Turner and John Sell Cotman. As an etcher he was unsurpassed by the other Norwich artists in the use of drypoint, and he anticipated the modern revival of etching which began in the 1850s. His prints were made by his friend and neighbour Henry Ninham, whose technique he influenced. His paintings of the Near East may have been made with future works in mind. He contracted malaria there and reached Adalia to recuperate, but died from a second attack of the disease. He left his estate in Antigua to his son Earle, but he died of cancer in 1806, leaving a young widow and infant subject to her infant son. He retired to the west of Norfolk and moved to the Dominican Islands, which were then part of the British Empire, which he bought in 1779 from the family of his first wife. He was a patron of the arts, and an influential friend of the artist John Linnell. In 1840, after resigning his curacy, he travelled to Egypt, Palestine and Syria, and joined the explorer Sir Charles Fellows’s archaeological expedition in Lycia as an illustrator.
He died in Adalia, part of modern-day Turkey, in 1856. His wife, Anne Drosier, died in Norfolk in 1792 and he had two children, Earle and Anne Holmes, who died in childbirth in 1802 and 1805. He had a son and a daughter with his second wife, Sir Thomas Holmes, a retired attorney-general of Dominica, and his daughter with whom he had a daughter, Anne Holmes. In 1804 he bought land in the 12th Dragoons and purchased land in Leeward Islands. He also bought 291 acres at Dickenson Bay in Norfolk, including land for his son and his son-in-law’s estate, which had been bought by Sir Thomas. In 1779, he bought the land for £1,000, and in 1793 he moved to Leewards, where he lived with his wife Anne and their two children until his death in 1855. He later moved to Norfolk and died in 1859. He leaves behind a son, Earle, who was born in 1804, and two daughters, Anne Holmes and Anne Holmes, both of whom died in London in 1805 and 1806. His last will and testament was written in 1857. He will be buried at St Mark’s Church, London, and is buried in St James’ Park, Norwich, Norfolk, with his daughter Anne Holmes in 1858. He has also left a collection of artworks, including a painting of the Battle of the Bulge, which is on display at the National Gallery.