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During the early 19th century Bristol witnessed a period of unique creativity. From about 1810, artists who moved to this historic global port on the river Avon encountered a stimulating intellectual climate, urban life and striking natural settings which in turn inspired and favoured their distinct contribution to British art. Yet today artists like Edward Bird, Francis Danby or Rolinda Sharples are not well known among British or international audiences. To put this right, the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux was to open an exhibition of works by Bristol School artist this May - with support from the Louvre and most of the loans coming from Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. The opening had to be postponed, but here are my highlights.

16 artworks
View of Bristol from Clifton Wood
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View of Bristol from Clifton Wood 1837

William James Müller (1812–1845)

Oil on canvas

H 91.4 x W 172.7 cm

Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

Edward Bird (1772–1819), RA
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Edward Bird (1772–1819), RA 1817

Edward Villiers Rippingille (1798–1859)

Oil on mahogany panel

H 34.2 x W 26.1 cm

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The Recruiting Party
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The Recruiting Party 1822

Edward Villiers Rippingille (1798–1859)

Oil on mahogony panel

H 83.4 x W 135.9 cm

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St James's Fair, Bristol
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St James's Fair, Bristol 1824

Samuel Colman (1780–1845)

Oil on panel

H 87.6 x W 133.9 cm

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The Cloak-Room, Clifton Assembly Rooms
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The Cloak-Room, Clifton Assembly Rooms 1818

Rolinda Sharples (1793–1838)

Oil on canvas

H 73 x W 88.2 cm

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Princess Caraboo
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Princess Caraboo 1817

Edward Bird (1772–1819)

Oil on panel

H 38.1 x W 30.5 cm

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View on the Avon at Hotwells
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View on the Avon at Hotwells c.1840

Samuel Jackson (1794–1869)

Oil on canvas

H 62.9 x W 101.6 cm

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The Ceremony of Laying the Foundation Stone of the Clifton Suspension Bridge, 1836
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The Ceremony of Laying the Foundation Stone of the Clifton Suspension Bridge, 1836 1837

Samuel Colman (1780–1845)

Oil on canvas

H 86 x W 128 cm

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Clifton Rocks from Rownham Fields
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Clifton Rocks from Rownham Fields c.1821

Francis Danby (1793–1861)

Oil on panel

H 40 x W 50.8 cm

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The Nut Gatherers
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The Nut Gatherers 1827

James Johnson (1803–1834)

Oil on mahogany panel

H 40.3 x W 50.8 cm

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View of Bristol Cathedral
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View of Bristol Cathedral 1835

William James Müller (1812–1845)

Oil on canvas

H 75.2 x W 135.6 cm

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Bristol Riots: The Burning of the Bishop's Palace
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Bristol Riots: The Burning of the Bishop's Palace c.1831

William James Müller (1812–1845)

Oil on paper

H 8.8 x W 17.6 cm

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The Carpet Bazaar, Cairo
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The Carpet Bazaar, Cairo 1843

William James Müller (1812–1845)

Oil on panel

H 62.2 x W 74.9 cm

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Sunset at Sea after a Storm
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Sunset at Sea after a Storm 1824

Francis Danby (1793–1861)

Oil on canvas

H 89.6 x W 142.9 cm

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The Israelites Passing through the Wilderness, Preceded by the Pillar of Light
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The Israelites Passing through the Wilderness, Preceded by the Pillar of Light 1845

William West (b.c.1793–1861)

Oil on canvas

H 111.7 x W 167.6 cm

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The Artist and Her Mother
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The Artist and Her Mother 1816

Rolinda Sharples (1793–1838)

Oil on panel

H 36.8 x W 29.2 cm

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