Arthur Simpson, Fishing Boats, Choppy Waters, Whitby -1930s watercolour painting

An original 1930s watercolour painting, Arthur Simpson Fishing Boats on Choppy Waters, Whitby.

A dramatic, large watercolour in a beautifully loose, almost impressionistic, style. The distinctive silhouette of Whitby Abbey can be seen on the distant horizon.

Signed lower left.
There is age toning to the verso of the paper, which does not significantly affect the front (the white sails to the left, for example, retain the whiteness of the paper). There is some minor scratching to the paper surface at the right, in the hull of the boat area.
34cm x 46cm.

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-140

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