William Dacres Adams (1864-1951)
|Artist Name||William Dacres Adams (1864-1951)|
|Title||Lincoln's Inn - Gatehouse from Chancery Lane|
|Description||This superb oil painting is by noted British artist William Dacres Adams. Painted circa 1900 it depicts Lincoln's Inn's historic Gatehouse from Chancery Lane. The palette is perfect and the details of the windows beautifully suggest the life going on within as does the radiant sunshine in the inner courtyard. A perfect gift for anyone called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn.
The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn is one of the four Inns of Court in London to which barristers of England and Wales belong and where they are called to the Bar. (The other three are Middle Temple, Inner Temple and Gray's Inn.) Lincoln's Inn is recognised to be one of the world's most prestigious professional bodies of judges and lawyers.
The Gatehouse from Chancery Lane is the oldest existing part of the Inn, and was built between 1518 and 1521. The Gatehouse was mainly built thanks to the efforts of Sir Thomas Lovell, the Treasurer at the time, who provided at least a third of the funds and oversaw the construction itself—as a result, his coat of arms hang on the gate, along with those of the Earl of Lincoln and Henry VIII (the king at the time). The Gatehouse is a large tower four stories high and features diagonal rows of darker bricks, along with a set of oak gates that date from 1564. The Gatehouse was restored in 1695 and again between 1967 and 1969—the arms of the Treasurers for those years (Lord Upjohn, John Hawles and Princess Margaret) were added to the inwards side of the Gatehouse itself. Minor repairs also took place in 1815, when the three Coats of Arms were repaired and cleaned.
Signed lower right.
|Provenance||Written verso 'Illustrated in Modern Masterpieces'.|
|Medium||Oil on Canvas|
|Size||21 x 27 inches|
|Frame||Housed in a complementary frame, 34 inches by 28 inches and in good condition.|
|Biography||William Dacres Adams (1864-1951). Painter and lithographer of portraits and architectural subjects, Adams was born in Reading. He was educated at Radley College and Exeter College, Oxford. He studied law in Birmingham, but in 1884 abandoned his studies to train at the Birmingham School of Art. He subsequently (1886-90) studied at Sir Hubert Herkomers Bushey School of Art and in Munich, Germany. Adams was elected a member of the Royal Portrait Society and was Associate Societie Nationale de Beaux Arts. He showed extensively at the Fine Art Society (three one-man shows during the 1920s), the Royal Academy, the Royal Institute and Leicester Galleries. His work was greatly influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites (with whom his father was acquainted from school days). Examples of his work are in the collections of The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Worcester College, Oxford; Museum of Fine Art, San Francisco and Wellington Art Gallery, New Zealand. Adams Lived for a time at Lechdale, Gloucestershire; London, and finally at Lewes, Sussex.