Papers relating to Ramsey Richard Reinagle (1775-1862), painter, 1812-1980

Scope and Content

Commonplace book, bound in leather, believed to have belonged to Ramsey Richard Reinagle (1775-1862) containing sketches, poetry and quotations from German authors, many of them written into the book in Hanover in 1855. There are also a number of items that were found loose in the volume including an undated letter from 'Laroche' to Ramsey Richard Reinagle and a manuscript child's book on geography produced by Ramsey's children, Ramsey and Fanny, in 1812. 1812-1855 (MS 324/1);

Correspondence and notes sent by John R. Barwell to Professor Alistair Smart. 1980 (MS 324/2);

Manuscript family tree for the Reinagle family. Undated, c.1979 (MS 324/3);

Typescript copy of notes on the family history of the Barwell, Budd, Rowley, Moore, and Butler of Kirkside families. The Reinagle family is briefly mentioned under the Budd branch. 1955-1975 (MS 324/4);

Photograph of a painting in Upton House, Warwickshire by Philip Reinagle, reputedly of his three children: Ramsey Richard, Charlotte and Fanny. 1979 (MS 324/5).

Administrative / Biographical History

Ramsey Richard Reinagle was born in 1775, the son of the animal and landscape painter, Philip Reinagle (1749-1833). Ramsey was taught by his father, whose style he followed. He exhibited at the Royal Academy as early as 1788. He subsequently went to Italy where he studied in Rome in 1796 before visiting Holland to study from the Dutch masters. After his return home, he painted for a time at Robert Barker's Panorama in Leicester Square and then entered into partnership with Thomas Edward Barker, Robert's eldest son. They produced panoramas of the Bay of Naples, Florence, Gibraltar, Algesiras Bay and Paris.

In 1805, Reinagle was elected an associate of the Society of Painters in Watercolours and subsequently became treasurer and president. He exhibited landscapes in oils at the Royal Academy, of which he became an associate in 1814 and an academician in 1823. He continued to exhibit at the Academy until 1857. In his final years of poverty he was assisted by a pension from the academy. He died in 1862.


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Custodial History

The collection was acquired by The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections in September 1982.

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