A.K. Rudd Lord Thou hast Been our Refuge 19thcentury Illuminated Prayer Psalm 90

An original late 19th-century watercolour painting, A.K. Rudd Illuminated Prayer Psalm 90 Lord Thou hast Been our Refuge.

This beautiful illuminated prayer is executed with remarkable precision. The unfinished nature of the piece, with pencil underdrawing visible, shows the artist's workings. The text is an extract from Psalm 90: Lord thou hast been our refuge from one generation to another. Later, in 1921, Ralph Vaughan Williams was to use the Psalm for a choral composition.

In good condition for its age.
20.7cm x 13.6cm.

This watercolour is from a collection of paintings by A. Kingston Rudd of Wolferton in Norfolk, dating from around the 1890s. Rudd was a member of late-Victorian art clubs the Beehive Sketching Club and Woodland Sketching Club. Such clubs were popular in the late-Victorian and Edwardian era as a place for like-minded people from affluent society to come together and pursue a pastime and receive critique from a teacher. Rudd’s pseudonym in the club appears to have been “Persimmon”, inscribed on several of the paintings.

These watercolours reflect the artist’s commitment to and enthusiasm for the watercolour medium, including travelling to Belgium and Venice to paint continental scenes as well as view at home around Norfolk. Rudd’s painting style is delicate, with clean brushstrokes in fresh, crisp tones. The majority of the views in the collection are rural, such as the Norfolk Broads and Aberdeenshire hills, featuring waterways, woodland, mountains and moorland, often with dramatic skies or seasonal details. The collection also includes what appears to be a self-portrait of this Victorian gentleman artist.

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Product code: JE-688

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