An original late 19th-century watercolour painting, John Keeley RBSA East Looe, Cornwall.
An atmospheric watercolour by landscape artist John Keeley RBSA (1849-1930). Keeley’s subjects were typically rural but this work is somewhat unusual in focusing on architecture rather than landscape. The painting shows old cottages of the picturesque fishing town of Looe in Cornwall. This work shows the artist’s characteristic inclusion of working figures to provide human interest.
Laid down on thin board.
This is one of three watercolour paintings by John Keeley RBSA (1849-1930) that we have for sale.
Signed lower left. Inscribed on backing board.
Some slight age toning and very faint foxing. Mount burn as shown. There are abrasions and a small loss to the far upper edge of the paper, which could be covered by a mount.
33.6cm x 22.9cm.
John Keeley RBSA (1849-1930) was born at Morton-in-March in Gloucestershire, but it was in Birmingham that he forged his career as an artist. He trained under Edward Watson in Birmingham, and was an original member of the Birmingham Art Circle, founded in 1879. Keeley went on to exhibit over 300 paintings at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. He was elected Associate of the RBSA in 1898, rising to full Member in 1902. He also exhibited at The Royal Academy of Art, The Royal Society of British Artists, The Royal Institute, Suffolk Street Galleries, The New Watercolour Society & The Walker Art Gallery. A Portrait of John Keeley RBSA by William John Wainwright PPRBSA (1855-1931) is one of the highlights of the RBSA collection.
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Product code: JN-045