Pirton Pool, Worcestershire 1887
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David Bates

English ( b.1840 - d.1921 )

Pirton Pool, Worcestershire 1887

  • Oil on canvas
  • Signed & dated 1887 lower centre

Image size 12.4 inches x 17.3 inches ( 31.5cm x 44cm )
Frame size 17.9 inches x 22.6 inches ( 45.5cm x 57.5cm )


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Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art; this original oil painting by David Bates dated 1887.
The painting is presented and supplied in a early 20th century ornate frame. The painted surface has benefitted from some restoration, cleaning and conservation performed when in previous ownership in the last 10 years. The canvas was lined during this restoration process.
It is our continuing policy to only supply original artwork in very good condition and each piece is supplied ready to hang and display.
The painting is signed and dated 1887 lower centre.

Previously with Frost and Reed, London (Registered Number 36526).

David Bates was a British landscape painter, who spent most of his life in the Midlands and belonged to the Birmingham school of artists. He lived in Great Malvern and later in Edgbaston, Birmingham.

He was born in Cambridgeshire and spent most of his early life in Worcestershire, where he became apprenticed to the Royal Worcester Porcelain Factory from 1855. He became well known for his floral works on porcelain. He left to pursue a full time career as a professional artist in 1880.

He travelled extensively around Europe and North Africa, including Switzerland and Egypt, then returned to Britain where he established a reputation as an accomplished landscape artist. Many of his best landscapes are of Scotland or Wales. He was however also a proficient painter of figures, cattle and farmworkers.

David Bates was an “open air” artist, and his works display considerable technical ability and captures the lushness and detail of what he saw.

He achieved considerable recognition and exhibited at the principal London galleries from 1868, including 26 paintings at the Royal Academy between 1863-1893. Lord Leighton, then President of the Royal Academy purchased one picture himself. Bates also exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists, the Gratton Gallery, Suffolk Street and the New Watercolour Society.

Today his work is held by the Liverpool Museum and the Worcester Museum and Art Gallery.

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This original oil on canvas painting shows two figures walking on a path alongside Pirton Pool in Worcestershire in 1887. Pirton Pool is in fact somewhat larger than a pool, being a freshwater lake with a shoreline of approximately 1.6 kilometres. It is comparatively shallow and has long been used as an area for recreation. The figures appear to be a mother and child, or an older child with a younger sibling. They are each carrying a basket. Perhaps they have been picking fruits or berries. They are walking towards the viewer and have just passed a row of tall trees between their rough earthen path and the lake. The colours of the foliage and grassy surrounds suggests that this is late summer. The waters of the lake are still and the sky above is pale blue with light clouds. In the far background we glimpse other figures, perhaps picnicking on the grass, and another couple in a rowing boat on the far shoreline. The overall atmosphere is one of a fine summer afternoon with the enjoyment of nature at its heart.

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