C.M. Cholmeley, Horse pulling Canal Barge - 1873 watercolour painting


An original 1873 watercolour painting, C.M. Cholmeley Horse pulling Canal Barge.

A charming late Victorian scene with children and horse pulling a canal barge, under sunset skies.

There is a separate inscription on a fragment of card (photographed) which titles and dates the painting: "Industry. March. 1873. C.M.C.". Please note that this separate inscription does not come with the painting.

Minor age toning as shown.
17.5cm x 25cm.

This painting forms part of a collection of watercolours we have for sale by a pair of artists, C.M. Cholmeley and O.M. Cholmeley dating from 1872-5. The paintings are apparently connected with a sketching club or class: many are explorations of particular subjects or themes, such as Water, Rain, Reflection, Industry, Sports & Pastimes, Light & Shade and Artificial Light. Some of the paintings have multiple names inscribed on the verso, who were presumably members of the club or class. The artists, possibly siblings, were both also interested in literary subjects, painting scenes inspired by the poetry of Tennyson and Longfellow, the novels of Sir Walter Scott and plays of Shakespeare.

The overall charm of the paintings comes from their range of subjects and the artists’ individualistic interpretations of given themes, often with appealing narrative details bringing the landscapes to life, such as characterful figures, animals, buildings and boats.

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Product code: JF-004

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