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About us

Dowle Fine Art was founded by Luke Dowle in 2019 and specialises in British watercolours and drawings from the 18th and 19th centuries. Furthermore, we have a large selection of original David Roberts lithographs from his Holy Land and Middle East tour. We are solely an online gallery, which means that we can offer high quality pictures at competitive prices. New stock will continually be added throughout the year. Please enquire about any artists you may be interested in, as we often have more stock than is on our website. Every work that is sold through us has been carefully researched and, unless otherwise stated, is fully attributed to the artist. 

About Luke

Luke's interest in History of Art began to develop shortly after finishing a Geography Masters, focusing on Renaissance religious artwork and iconography, at the University of Bristol in 2011. On researching the family history, he discovered that he is related to the Victorian maritime artist Clarkson Stanfield which began his specific interest in marine art. He has been dealing privately since 2013 in Britain and internationally. This has included works by: Willem van de Velde the Younger, Paul Sandby, John Wilson Carmichael, Henry Barlow Carter, David Roberts, Nicholas Pocock, Samuel Owen, Alfred Edward Chalon, Thomas Luny and many others.

Luke recently completed an MPhil in History of Art at the University of Glasgow (2018-2019), under the supervision of Dr. John Bonehill. His thesis, 'Unveiling the Sketching Society (1799-1851)', provides an original account of a society that was key to the professionalisation of watercolour. The artists involved in this group included: Thomas Girtin, John Sell Cotman, John and Cornelius Varley, Alfred Edward and John James Chalon, Clarkson Stanfield, Joshua Cristall, John Partridge, Charles Robert Leslie, Robert Trewick Bone and Thomas Uwins to name but a few. There is little written about many of these practitioners, making this a valuable contribution to the history of British watercolour.



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