David Gee

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Self portrait (c. 1868)

David Gee (Coventry, 1793 - 1872) was an English oil painter who took his inspiration from the local area.

Gee mostly painted battle scenes, landscapes as well as pictures inspired by local legends such as Lady Godiva.[1] He was active as a painter between the years of 1815 and 1868. He died in 1871 or 1872.[2]

In 1831, Gee began restoration work on the Holy Trinity Doom, an early 15th-century painting of the Last Judgment.[3][4] He received five guineas for his work.[4] There is little contemporary information about Gee's work on the Doom, but conservation work begun in 1995[5] suggests he added outlines to the figures and repainted or recoloured some areas. There is no evidence that Gee significantly changed the painting's composition or symbolism.[4] Gee also applied a coating of megilp to the painting.[4] This bituminous varnish soon degraded and by 1873 the Doom was 'almost invisible'.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kemp, David (1992). Pleasures and Treasures of Britain: A Discerning Traveller's Companion. Dundurn Group Ltd. p. 236. ISBN 978-1-55002-159-2. 
  2. ^ Mallalieu, H.L (1976). The Dictionary of British Watercolour Artists up to 1920. Baron Publishing. p. 108. ISBN 978-0-902028-48-7. 
  3. ^ "Holy Trinity Church, The painting of the Last Judgement". Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d Gill, Miriam (2011). Monckton, Linda; Richard K. Morris, eds. Coventry Medieval Art, Architecture and Archaeology in the City and its Vicinity. Maney Publishing (for The British Archaeological Association). pp. 206–222. ISBN 978-1-906540-62-3. 
  5. ^ "Granville & Burbidge, The Holy Trinity Doom". Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Holy Trinity Church Coventry, The Medieval Painting". Retrieved April 4, 2012. 

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