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Staubbach Waterfall Switzerland by Thomas Hart FSA


Staubbach Waterfall Switzerland by Thomas Hart FSA

Watercolour on Paper painted Plein air in 1897

New frame and mount

Overall Frame Size   530 mm by 419 mm

Image Size   350 mm by 267 mm

Thomas Hart

Born 1830 Crowan Cornwall, Died 1916 The Lizard, Cornwall

Moved to Falmouth in the 1840’s

He was a prolific painter in watercolours and oil. He lived up to 1862 in Falmouth, Cornwall, the home of several known artists.

Married Louisa Hallamore in 1862 in Falmouth, Cornwall. Initially they set up home in Plymouth

Thomas had one of the very first photographic studios at 10 Flora Place, Union Road, Plymouth.

Louisa travelled to Falmouth for the births of Herbert and Horace (artists)

1865 the family moved to the Lizard Point in Cornwall,

Painted a large volume of work including this watercolour Staubbach Waterfall Switzerland by Thomas Hart FSA

Exhibited at the Royal academy, Grosvenor Gallery and at numerous venues in the UK.

His work sold from the 1850’s. Thomas travelled widely in the UK and Europe gathering ideas and working “Plein Air”.

From 1880 to the early 1900’s Thomas spent 2 months in Odda Norway where he set up a studio.

They had 11 children, 6 of them became professional Painters.  In the late 1800’s numerous Titled people in the UK and throughout Europe purchased his paintings.

This painting has inscribed on the verso a list of places Thomas passed through on a journey through Switzerland

Staubbach Falls

The Staubbach Fall (GermanStaubbachfall (sing.), lit.: dust creek fall) is a waterfall in Switzerland, located just west above Lauterbrunnen in the Bernese Highlands. The waterfall drops 297 metres (974 ft) from a hanging valley that ends in overhanging cliffs above the Weisse Lütschine.[1]

The stream, on reaching the verge of the rocky walls of the valley, forms a cascade so high that it is almost lost in spray before it reaches the level of the valley. After rain, and early in the season when fed by the melting snows, the Staubbach Fall is a very striking object. The force of the stream above the fall at such times is sufficient to carry the water clear of the precipice, and the whole mass descends in a condition of liquid dust, between spray and cloud, that sways to-and-fro with the gentlest breeze. In a dry summer, when the supply of water is much reduced, the effect is comparatively insignificant.[2]

A visit by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in 1779 provided the inspiration for his poem “Gesang der Geister über den Wassern“.

The falls were featured on the Swiss 3-centime postage stamp of the 1930s.


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