James Inskipp

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James Inskipp

James Inskipp Painter from Carte de Visite in the National Portrait Gallery.jpg

Carte de Visite
Born 1790
Died 15 March 1868
Godalming, Surrey
Nationality British

James Inskipp (1790 – 15 March 1868) started successfully painting when he retired. He exhibited in London and illustrated a version of the Compleat Angler.



Inskipp was born in 1790 and does not come to notice until he retires from the commissariat service when he was about 30 years old. He started to paint and successfully exhibited at the Royal Academy, the British Institution and the Society of British Artists. [1]

British Institution art society

The British Institution was a private 19th-century society in London formed to exhibit the works of living and dead artists; it was also known as the Pall Mall Picture Galleries or the British Gallery. Unlike the Royal Academy it admitted only connoisseurs, dominated by the nobility, rather than practicing artists to its membership, which along with its conservative taste led to tensions with the British artists it was intended to encourage and support. In its gallery in Pall Mall the Institution held the world's first regular temporary exhibitions of Old Master paintings, which alternated with sale exhibitions of the work of living artists; both quickly established themselves as popular parts of the London social and artistic calendar. From 1807 prizes were given to artists and surplus funds were used to buy paintings for the nation.

Portrait of a girl by James Inskipp, watercolour. Portrait, in watercolurs, of a girl by James Inskipp.jpg
Portrait of a girl by James Inskipp, watercolour.

Between 1833 and 1836 Sir Nicholas Harris Nicolas published an edition of the Compleat Angler by Isaac Walton which was illustrated by Inskipp. [2] This book contained a portrait of Walton [3]

Sir (Nicholas) Harris NicolasGCMG KH was an English antiquary.

Death and legacy

Inskipp died at his home at Cattshall Lane in Godalming in 1868. Inskipp has paintings at Cyfarthfa Castle's Museum & Art Gallery and in the British Government Art Collection. [3]

Godalming town in the Borough of Waverley in Surrey, England

Godalming is a historic market town, civil parish and administrative centre of the Borough of Waverley in Surrey, England, 4 miles SSW of Guildford. The town traverses the banks of the River Wey in the Greensand Ridge – a hilly, heavily wooded part of the outer London commuter belt and Green Belt. In 1881, it became the first place in the world to have a public electricity supply and electric street lighting.

Cyfarthfa Castle Historic house museum, art museum in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales

Cyfarthfa Castle is a castellated mansion that was the home of the Crawshay family, ironmasters of Cyfarthfa Ironworks in Park, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. The house commanded a view of the valley and the works, which ‘at night, offer a truly magnificent scene, resembling the fabled Pandemonium, but on which the eye may gaze with pleasure’. Cyfarthfa loosely translates from the Welsh for place of barking. The reason is hunting dogs were regularly heard in this area of the town, hunting polecats and weasels among others.

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  1. L. H. Cust, ‘Inskipp, James (1790–1868)’, rev. Chloe Johnson, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 8 Sept 2013
  2. Wikisource-logo.svg  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1892). "Inskipp, James". Dictionary of National Biography . 29. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  3. 1 2 3  Painting(s) by or after James Inskipp at the Art UK site