An original 1921 watercolour painting, James Allen Shuffrey BWS Poultry Cross, Market Square, Salisbury.
This delicate watercolour depicts an interesting view of central Salisbury in the early 1920s, with uncrowded streets and small figure with cart. The impressive Poultry Cross marks the site of a former market dating from the 14th century.
On thin watercolour board.
Signed, inscribed and dated verso.
Minor foxing and age toning as shown.
25.8cm x 35.6cm.
James Allen Shuffrey (1859-1939) BWS was one of the first members of the British Watercolour Society and is best known for his topographical scenes around Britain, particularly of his home town, Oxford.
Born in Whitney in Oxfordshire into a family of blanket weavers and tanners, he was inspired to paint by a Miss Cropper who came from Oxford once a week – the only formal artistic training he had.
From 1877 Shuffrey pursued a career in banking, but, during this time, 1882-84, he also began selling his watercolours and exhibiting at the Guildhall in London. In 1887, while living at Petersfield in Hampshire, he designed a mug and cup for the town's celebrations of the Queen's Golden Jubilee. Our collection includes a delightful painting of the mill at Sheet, Petersfield, in 1888.
Shuffrey moved to Oxford in 1902, teaching at Summerfield School from 1912 to 1930, where his students included Victor Pasmore and John Merton. It was here that he made a name as a topographical artist, deliberately recording buildings that were soon to be changed or demolished. It is said that he would travel into Oxfordshire in pony and trap, or cycling on a Penny Farthing or later a tricycle, to paint the rural landscape. He also embarked on numerous sketching tours of the UK, spending months at a time painting everywhere from Cornwall to Scotland.
Our collection of watercolours exemplifies Shuffrey’s talent for capturing the understated beauty of Britain’s towns and landscapes in mellow hues and delicate brushstrokes, evoking nostalgia for a quieter bygone era, with views of Salisbury, Hampshire and Dorset.
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Product code: JE-633