A.K. Rudd, Summer View with Wildflowers - Original 1898 watercolour painting




An original 1898 watercolour painting, A.K. Rudd Summer View with Wildflowers.

An attractive summer landscape, inscribed verso "Beehive Sketching Club 'Wildflowers' Persimmon". There are also indistinct inscriptions on the verso of criticism from the sketching club tutor.

The corner of the paper have been cut to a decorative curve.

Initialled and dated lower left.
Some minor age toning.
23.3cm x 28.6cm.
Unframed.

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-692


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