Joseph Horlor, Vale of the Llugwy, North Wales - Original 1840 graphite drawing

An original 1840 graphite drawing, Joseph Horlor Vale of the Llugwy, North Wales.

An accomplished graphite drawing with white bodycolour highlights. A sophisticated composition with rocks in the foreground and distant waterfall behind. On beige card.

Signed and inscribed lower centre. Inscribed verso: "Presented to Miss Perring for her attention & improvement in Drawing. June 1840, J Horlor".
In excellent condition.
19.1cm x 14.7cm.

Landscape painter Joseph Horlor (1809-1887) was born in Bath. He married Elizabeth Sandys in 1830 and had four children, two of which became artists: Emma painted animals and Alice painted figures. By 1871 Horlor and family were living in Bristol. Painting mainly in oils, Joseph Horlor specialised in scenes of the local area: the landscapes of Bath, Bristol and also Wales. Subjects included: The Union of the Wye and the Severn, The Avon, Looking towards Portishead and Landscape with a Welsh Woman. Between 1834 and 1866 he exhibited thirteen paintings at the British Institution and eleven at Suffolk Street (later the RBA). Eight paintings are now held in public collections, including the Holburne Museum, Bath; Victoria Art Gallery, Bath; Bristol City Art Gallery; the National Trust; and Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead.

This picture is from a collection of superb 19th-century works associated with the Bath area, possibly once owned by Lady Frances Mary Perring. The collection includes landscapes by Joseph Horlor (1809-1887), as well as drawings by, and drawn for, Lady Perring. An inscription on the verso of one drawing suggests that Horlor was possibly Perring’s drawing teacher. Frances Mary Perring was a 19th-century Lady, who moved in the aristocratic circles of the West Country. Born Frances Mary Roe, only daughter of Henry Roe Esq of Gnaton, in 1825 she married Sir Philip Perring, Rector of North Huish, Devonshire, son of Sir John Perring, bart. Membland. Our collection of drawings evidences that as well as being an accomplished amateur artist herself, she was gifted drawings by artistic friends, including Joseph Horlor. She resided in Lansdown Crescent in Bath.


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