EDWARD DUNCAN

(21 October 1803 - 11 April 1882)




Duncan, Edward began his artistic career as an engraver, painting at the same time occasionally in water- colors, and was one of the original members of the New Society of Painter* in Water-Colors in 1831. He left that institution in 1848, when he joined the Old Water-Color Society, of which he is still an active member. Among his later drawings may be named, "Dutch Fishing-Boats in a Gale," in 1872; "Returning from Market" and several marine views, in 1873; "Fast Castle near Dunbar," in 1875; "The Thames in Flood," in 1877; "The Shore near Exmouth, South End' in 1878 To the Society of British Artists in 1877, he sent "Prawn-Catchers, Coast of South Wales".

'Landing Fish on the Sands at Whitby,' by Edward Duncan is a busy low-tide subject to which attention is called by its atmospheric beauty, and the extreme delicacy of its treatment. The theme is of an ordinary kind, but it marks sufficiently the power of the master." -- Art Journal, June, 1873.

[Artists of the Nineteenth Century and their Works, Clara Erskine Clement and Laurence Hutton, 1879.] div
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Landscape-painter, etcher, and lithographer, born in London, first studied aquatint engraving under Robert Havell. In 1831 he became a member of the New Society of Painters in Water-Colours, and in 1848 was elected a member of the Old Water-Colour Society, where he exhibited ‘Shipwreck’ and the ‘Lifeboat’ in 1859 and 1860. Several of his aquatints were published by T. Gosden in the Sportsman's Repository, among them ‘Pheasant-shooting’ and ‘Partridge-shooting.’ Following his death his remaining works were sold at Christie's on 11 March 1885; among the most finished drawings were ‘Loch Scavaig,’ ‘The Fisherman's Return,’ and scenery in England, Scotland, and Wales.

[Ottley's Dict. of Recent and Living Artists.]
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DUNCAN, EDWARD was articled to Robert Havell, the aquatint engraver, and was thus aff'orded frequent opportunities of studying, and occasionally of copying, the works of William Havell. These developed his taste for drawing and the use of colour, and in 1851 he became a member of the New Society of Painters in Watcr-Colours, but he afterwards withdrew, and in 1849 was elected an Associate of the Society of Painters in Water-Colours, and a full member in the following year. He died in London in 1882. His drawings comprise a wide range of subjects, treated with much grace and great truthfulness to nature, but his larger and more important works are chiefly coast scenery, with shipping and craft admirably characterized. Among the beet of them are the following:
'The Shipwreck'. 1859.
'The Life-Boat'. 1860.
'Blue Lights'.
'Oyster Dredgers -- Swansea Bay'.
'Landing Fish on the Sands at Whitby'.
'Fishing Boats making for the Harbour of Boulogne -- early moruing'.

[Bryan's dictionary of painters and engravers, 1903.]
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