An original late 19th-century watercolour painting, F.A. Eastwood View in the Pyrenees.
An attractive Continental watercolour by Frances Annie Eastwood (1859-1941). Frances Annie was the wife of celebrated Victorian artist Francis (Frank) Hurst Eastwood (1855-1944). The pair travelled together extensively, painting the landscapes of France, Spain and Italy.
In good condition for its age. The picture may have minor imperfections, such as slight marks, toning, foxing, creasing or pinholes, commensurate with age. Please see photos for detail.
13.3cm x 17.1cm.
This painting is part of a larger collection of charming works that we have for sale by Frances Annie Eastwood (1859-1941). They were painted principally in the 1890s, the decade following the Eastwood’s marriage in 1883. The pair travelled to Tangiers for their honeymoon, and travelled widely on the Continent thereafter - the sights encountered providing rich subject for their work.
Frances Annie’s watercolours show an attraction to the moorish architecture of Spain, with views at Seville and Granada, likely influenced by the ‘Orientalism’ popular amongst British artists in the 19th century. The paintings also show an appreciation of the romanticism of Italy’s medieval architecture - with views at Rome, Venice and the Lakes, amongst others.
In 1890 the Eastwoods spent six months in Paris, where Frank was influenced by the Impressionists. Frances Annie’s work also shares affinities with the Impressionists; largely free of figures, her paintings are about the play of light and the free dabs and washes that the watercolour medium affords.
Frances Annie would have been fully immersed in the life of a professional artist; her husband trained at the Royal Academy Schools and exhibited at the Royal Academy, Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours and The Dudley Gallery, Piccadilly. Both artists exhibited with the Haslemere Society of Artists. The couple set up house in a studio flat in Kensington Square Mansions in the 1880s, then at the turn of the century, after the birth of their daughter Nina in 1888, they moved out to Anstead Brook House near Guildford, where Frank built a large studio. In 1926 the family moved to Fernhurst in West Sussex, where their house, Woodsome, was designed to accommodate Frank’s large scale paintings.
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Product code: JN-823