An original 19th-century watercolour painting, Frederick George Reynolds A Lane Near Hornsey.
An exquisite watercolour painting by Frederick George Reynolds Senior (1828 – 1921) showing a wooded avenue in Hornsey, north London. By building up layers of foliage, the artist has created something of a three-dimensional effect, with two figures seeming to recede into the distance down a lane. Though many of Frederick Reynolds's pictures show rural scenes around London that have since been lost to development, this may be an exception: in the late nineteenth century much of Hornsey was turned over to the new Finsbury Park, and so there is a good chance that the scene depicted here is still wooded.
Presented in a smart ivory wash line mount. The painting has been laid down on a backing paper, which has been secured with mounting tape as shown. The painting comes with a separate label giving attribution and exhibition history (see photo).
In fine condition. The abrasions to the paper which can be seen in our photograph of the verso are to the backing paper only, not to the paper on which the watercolour is painted.
12.6cm x 10.9cm.
Frederick George Reynolds Senior (1828 – 1921) was an accomplished English watercolourist, and regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy. It is rumoured that the family was descended from the great English portrait painter, Sir Joshua Reynolds. This work is one of a pair we have for sale, which showcase Reynolds’s sensitive treatment of the English landscape pre-urbanisation. Many of his paintings show parts of London - including Highgate, Hampstead Heath, Southgate, Hornsey, Hackney and Richmond Park - at a time when these areas were predominantly rural. Reynolds renders the abundant vegetation with immense detail, in a subtle palette of a multitude of greens.
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Product code: JJ-082