La Thangue, Henry Herbert (1859-1929) - 1885 In the Dauphine (Christie's London, 2003)
Oil on canvas; 238.7 x 158.7 cm.
Henry Herbert La Thangue was an English realist rural landscape painter associated with the Newlyn School. He was born in a suburb of London, and was schooled at Dulwich College where he met fellow painters Stanhope Forbes and Frederick Goodall. He studied painting first at the Lambeth School of Art and then, from 1874-79, at the Royal Academy, London, winning a gold medal for his work in 1879. This led to a prestigious scholarship for 3 years at the studio of Jean-Léon Gérome at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Here La Thangue came under the influence of the Barbizon school of open-air landscape painters, such as Bastien-Lepage and Dagnan-Bouveret, despite the fact that his teacher was strongly critical of the movement.