A Trout Stream

The inscription by the artist's daughter on the reverse of this sketch identifying the site as a trout stream, suggests that she thought the work was painted after Reinagle's return to Britain from the Continent early in the 19th century. Reinagle's depiction of a swift-moving shallow stream, with water breaking over rocks, is in keeping with the advice of the artist Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes. Valenciennes recommended the practice of painting such streams, suggesting that it sharpened the artist's eye to the visual effects of movement.

Key facts

Artist dates
1749 - 1833
Full title
A Trout Stream
Date made
about 1810
Medium and support
Oil on paper laid on canvas
23 × 28.6 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number
Location in Gallery