Arthur Simpson, Rowboat on the Tees, Bassleton Wood - 1930s watercolour painting


An original 1930s watercolour painting, Arthur Simpson Rowboat on the Tees, Bassleton Wood, Thornaby.

A delightful watercolour in a beautifully loose, almost impressionistic, style. Recording the area around Thornaby-on-Tees in North Yorkshire, it captures a bygone, more pastoral age. On buff Dixon's David Cox Drawing paper. There is an additional watercolour on the verso, as shown, depicting a figures entering cottages at Thonaby.

Signed faintly lower right. Inscribed with location at lower left.
Overall in good condition for its age, there is the odd tiny spot of foxing to the upper right, pinholes to the four corners as shown, and a tiny nick to the paper surface at the far upper edge.
18.8cm x 27.9cm.

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-086

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