English ( b.1887 - d.1956 )
|17.3 inches x 13.8 inches ( 44cm x 35cm )
|25.4 inches x 20.9 inches ( 64.5cm x 53cm )
Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art in the English county of Dorset, this original painting by Noel Laura Nisbet dates from around 1930.
The watercolour is presented and supplied in its original frame that has an Arts and Crafts aesthetic.
This nearly 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 signed lower right.
Noel Laura Nisbet was an English oil and watercolour artist, who painted figures, landscape, fantasy and romantic scenes. She created some wonderful original Pre-Raphaelite-influenced works which are now much sought-after.
She was the youngest daughter of Hume Nisbet, a Scottish artist, author and traveller, whose support and generosity enabled her talent to flourish. The family moved from Scotland to London in 1887 and Noel was born in Harrow on 30 December that year. Noel attended the Notre Dame Convent school in Clapham, then studied art at South Kensington, under L.C. Nightingale, where she won three gold medals and the Princess of Wales Scholarship (established on 1863 to reward the most distinguished female art student in the UK and what is now the Republic of Ireland). Noel’s elder sister Margaret also became an artist.
In 1910 Noel married Harry Bush, who she had met as a fellow art student. They went on to have two daughters. Harry was away for most of the Great War, and Noel stayed with her daughter Hazel in Bath Cottage in Speen. A few years later her father set up his artistic daughters in two matching houses, with purpose-built attic studios, on an estate then being built in south west London. The address of Noel Nisbet and Harry Bush was 19 Queensland Avenue, Merton Part, Wimbledon, SW19 and they lived there for the rest of their lives. Harry Bush was to immortalise their world in his pictures of suburban London.
Nisbet illustrated five books of fairy tales and legends, including Russian Fairy Tales and Cossack Fairy Tales and the majority of her Royal Academy exhibits (1914-1938) are of similar subjects. She exhibited her work at the major galleries, including the Royal Academy from 1914 (at least 24 paintings) and the Royal Institute from 1921. She also exhibited at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, in the provinces and in Canada. Nisbet was elected as a Member of the Royal Institute of Watercolour Painters in 1926 and the British Watercolour Society in 1945.
Noel developed her distinctive decorative style, romantic, filled with detail and colour. She has been called the last of the Pre-Raphaelites. She and Harry lived out their days in their comfortable house in Merton Park with their daughters Hazel and Janet. Noel’s sister Margaret never married and remained in her matching house nearby, dying only six years before her sister, in 1950. Noel died on 15 May 1956, and Harry died the following year. Their studio collection was the subject of a major sale at Christies in 1984.
Today, Noel Nisbets’ work is held in major collections, including The Newport Museum and Art Gallery, The Victoria & Albert (her piece entitled Carnival Fantasy), and the Russell- Cotes Gallery in Bournemouth.
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This beautiful original watercolour by Noel Nisbet is entitled “Such Young Love”. It depicts two young people, clearly in love and is believed to be a self-portrait of the artist herself and her husband, Harry Bush. The work is in the Arts and Crafts style, in warm rich colours and evokes a sense of fruitful, mellow abundance. The couple are dressed in simple country clothing; she is wearing a flowing blue dress and has bare feet; he is wearing brown dungarees over a blue shirt, with a brown jacket over, and brown leather shoes. They are sitting together on a wooden style, with a blanket of wildflowers at their feet. In the background we glimpse a church, a few cottages and a stone bridge. Above them is a grassy mound upon which are trees, abundant with pink blossom. The couple are turned towards each other, he has his arm around her back and is holding a small blue book, as if her has been reading to her. This is overall a most charming scene, one of young love and devotion, of simple pleasures, of health, happiness and promise.