Looe Harbour, Cornwall
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J. Wilson

British ( fl.1837 - 1870 )

Looe Harbour, Cornwall

  • Watercolour
  • Signed lower right

Image size 6.5 inches x 10.4 inches ( 16.5cm x 26.5cm )
Frame size 12.6 inches x 16.5 inches ( 32cm x 42cm )


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Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art in the English county of Dorset is this original painting by J. Wilson which dates from around 1860.
From exhibition entries and other dated works we know the artist was active from 1837 to 1870.
The watercolour is presented and supplied in a sympathetic contemporary frame (which is shown in these photographs), mounted using conservation materials and behind non-reflective Tru Vue UltraVue® UV70 glass.
This antique painting is in very good condition, commensurate with its age. It wants for nothing and is ready to hang and display.
The watercolour is monogramed lower left.

A provincial artist that worked both in watercolor and oils. Active throughout the early and middle reign of Queen Victoria. A painter of landscapes, seascapes and portraits. A journeyman artist that produced work from Cornwall to Scotland and from the mainland continent. A body of work exists in Cornwall and the West Country of England with examples of his early portraiture held in the Helston Folk Museum, Cornwall.

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This original watercolour painting depicts the scene looking down on Looe Harbour, the mouth of the Looe estuary, in south east Cornwall. The position of the sun, visible through light cloud cover suggests it is early on a summer’s morning. The sun is reflected on the water of the sea. The sky and sea are of a pale blue, both shimmering gently in the delicate light. In the foreground there is a working vessel with two sails called a Lugger, coloured ochre in the sunlight. It is heading out to sea. There are two other Luggers to the left and right. Along the harbour wall are the houses and church of the small community of Looe. In medieval times there were two towns on opposite banks of the River Looe. East Looe includes the fishing harbour and the sandiest beach. West Looe is quieter, but also has shops, restaurants and hotels. The two towns are now one, joined by a bridge across the Looe river. This view is looking east, across the area formerly known as East Looe. Out at sea the waters are tranquil and the whole scene exudes an aura of peace and calm contentment.

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