Arthur Simpson, Cows Grazing, Tees Valley - Original 1930s watercolour painting


An original 1930s watercolour painting, Arthur Simpson Cows Grazing, Tees Valley.

A delightful watercolour in a beautifully loose, almost impressionistic, style. Recording the area around Thornaby-on-Tees in North Yorkshire, on the south bank of the River Tees, it captures a bygone, more pastoral age. Stockton-on-Tees Parish Church can be seen on the horizon in the distance. On buff Dixon's David Cox Drawing paper. There is an additional watercolour on the verso, as shown, depicting the old Church of St Peter in Thornaby-on-Tees.

Signed lower right.
There is the odd spot of foxing just visible in the sky at the right-hand side.
19.1cm x 28.3cm.

This painting is one of a collection of works we have for sale by Arthur Simpson, depicting the rural landscapes around Thornaby-on-Tees, Yarm and Eaglescliffe on the North Yorkshire/County Durham border, and across to the coast at Whitby. Quite clearly the work of a local man, these pictures pay attention to local detail, including hidden farm buildings, intimate rear garden views, secluded spots on the River Tees and the old Church of St Peter – as well as better known enduring landmarks such as Durham Cathedral and Whitby Abbey. A handwritten list of locations accompanying the collection further identifies specific houses, such as Glebe House, Starling’s Cottage, White House Farm, Thorntree Farm and Green Farm – many of which are now replaced by housing developments of the later 20th century. The artist’s inclusion of working figures, children, animals and sailboats gives a delightful sense of the lives lived in this rural corner of northern England in the early 20th century.

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Product code: JK-084

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