A.K. Rudd, Landscape with Church Spire - Original late 19th-century oil painting




An original late 19th-century oil painting, A.K. Rudd Landscape with Church Spire.

An appealing summer, country view, painted with a beautiful, sketchy, impressionistic quality. On Winsor & Newton Oil Sketching Tablet.

Unsigned.
There are some marks to the paint surface, particularly at the upper right.
24.5cm x 34.5cm.
Unframed.

This oil 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 paintings 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: JD-821


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