English ( b.1864 - d.1920 )
|Image size||23.4 inches x 11.4 inches ( 59.5cm x 29cm )|
|Frame size||30.3 inches x 18.5 inches ( 77cm x 47cm )|
Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art; this original oil painting by James Andrew McColvin, dating from around 1890.
The painting is presented and supplied in a modern-day ornate frame with the aesthetics and appearance of a late Victorian 1890s frame (which is shown in these photographs).
The painted surfaces have benefitted from some restoration, cleaning and conservation, which has taken place in the last 10 years on the instruction of a charity and membership organisation for heritage conservation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
This antique painting is now in very good condition, defying its age. It wants for nothing and is supplied ready to hang and display.
The painting is signed lower left.
James Andrew McColvin, also known as John McColvin, (his registered birth name), was an accomplished regional British artist, born in Winlaton, county Durham (now the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead, Tyne and Wear) in 1864. As a young man he lived in Newcastle and worked as an apprentice jeweller. He married Isabella Stewart in 1889 and by 1891 the family were living at 82 Mowbray Street, Heaton, Newcastle. By this time his occupation was given as an Artist Painter. In 1901 he was still working as an artist, but now living in Whitely, Tynemouth. In 1911 he moved to 12 Blackhorse Lane in East Croyden. After this he lived at 38 Lebanon Road in East Croyden, where he died in 1920. He left a wife and four children.
There are no records of his works being exhibited, but there are at least five of his works in the National Collections, two with the National Trust, two with the North East Lincolnshire Museum Service and one at Haworth Art Gallery. These are all viewable with the BBC in partnership with the cultural, education charity Public Catalogue Foundation – “Your Paintings” facility.
This original oil on canvas work is typical of the genre favoured by James McColvin, namely a romantic vision beautiful girl in a country or coastal setting. McColvin liked to paint pastoral and coastal scenes, farm workers and fisher girls, young women who made a living from what was available to them in from the fields and shores of England. He was capturing a way of life that he perhaps knew was disappearing at the end of the nineteenth century.
In this painting we see a young woman who is holding an open basket in which she has gathered seine fishing nets to mend. She is dressed in a long black skirt, and peach or pink coloured blouse with a shawl tied loosely around her shoulders. There is a small hat or headpiece on her head, and her long curly hair is blowing softly in the breeze. She is walking on a cliff path close to the open sea, and on the cliffs above her we see a couple of buildings from her village. This is a very pleasant image of an idyllic and simple time and a very good example of this artist’s work.