One does not know much about the artist James Webb (1825 – 1895). But one knows that he was a British artist, specializing in landscape paintings and seascape paintings. Both his father Archibald Webb and his brother Byron Webb were artists, too. His entire life Webb had spent in London where he exhibited his works between 1850 and 1888. Some of his works, by the way, hang in the Victoria and Albert Museum and in the Tate Gallery today.
This painting of Heidelberg is probably done in the year 1877. The castle and the bridge look at the picture older than they had been during the time they were painted and even older than they are today. This is probably because of the Victorian – nostalgic style of the artist.