The Reverend James Bourne (1773 1854)

Landscape with two figures and a cottage with ruined castle and distant mountains

Monochrome watercolour

Picture size 11 3/8 x 16 1/8  (287mm x 410mm)

Overall framed size 18 x  23    (470mm x 590mm) IMAGE



The Reverend James Bourne was born at Dalby in Lincolnshire in 1773. He was a Drawing Master who was educated in Louth and who came to London in 1789, where for eighteen months he tried to find employment before moving to Manchester.  On his return to London in about 1796 he was taken on by Lord Spencer and the Duchess of Sutherland through whom he may have met Girtin and Turner, and also Beaumont with whom he toured Wales in 1800.  He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in that year, and he made regular summer tours, visiting the Lakes in 1789, the West Country in 1799, Lincolnshire in the autumn of 1803, Yorkshire, Surrey and Kent.  In 1838 he gave up his profession for the Church, and he left London in 1846. His work is usually in monochrome.  His habit of using black hatching to indicate the foliage and the details of his foregrounds has a distant kinship with that of Glover.  Examples of Bourne's work may be found in the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the City Art Gallery Birmingham, Dudley Art Gallery, Fitzwilliam Museum, Hertford County Record Office, Hertford Museum, Hove Library, Leeds City Art Gallery, City Art Gallery Manchester, National Museum Wales, Newport Art Gallery, Glynn-Vivian Art Gallery Swansea and York Art Gallery.