Attrib George Pickering, Valley Landscape -Mid-19th-century watercolour painting

An original mid-19th-century watercolour painting, Attrib. George Pickering Valley Landscape.

This landscape painting displays George Pickering’s characteristic sweeps of gradated colour in flat brushstrokes, with economically painted figures in the foreground. There is a small amount of scratching out in the river foreground.

Pickering painted extensively in the Cheshire and North Wales areas.

On wove paper, laid down on two further sheets of backing paper.

George Pickering (c.1794-1857) was born in Yorkshire and became a drawing master at Chester. He painted many landscapes in watercolour, exhibiting in London at the Suffolk Street Gallery and the Society of Painters in Watercolour (1815-1832), and at the Liverpool Academy, of which he was a non-resident member in 1827. He drew many of the fine landscapes that are engraved in Ormerod's “History of Cheshire” and in Baines's “History of the County Palatine of Lancaster”. He lived at Liverpool and later Birkenhead, where he continued to practise as an artist and teacher of drawing.

Inscribed indistinctly verso: "Miss Turner [?]"
Age toning and foxing as shown. There is glue staining and paper remnants on the back of the sheet, from historically being further laid down.
22.8cm x 32cm.

This watercolour forms part of a collection of paintings by Ann Turner dating from the 1840s/50s, depicting rural views, rustic scenes, castles, abbeys and bridges, predominantly in the Cheshire and North Wales areas. Very little is known of Ann Turner, but as well as having the means to travel and paint, it appears that she had connections with highly regarded local Chester artist George Pickering (c.1794-1857). Pickering was a drawing master at Chester and later at Birkenhead; Ann Turner was likely a pupil. A number of the watercolours in the collection are after works by Pickering, and one painting is attributed to George Pickering himself. The collection also includes competent copies by Ann Turner after Samuel Prout OWS AA (1783-1852) and Thomas Miles Richardson Senior (1784–1848). There is also an outstanding sepia portrait watercolour of Ann Turner in the collection, clearly painted by a very accomplished hand (see photograph), which we have listed for sale separately.

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Product code: JE-233

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