An original early 20th-century watercolour painting, Neville Sotheby Pitcher RSMA The Good Hope Inn.
This humorous small illustration was given as a personal card with ‘Best wishes from N.S. Pitcher’ inscribed at the lower right.
Neville Sotheby Pitcher (1889-1959) was a marine artist, who, after an early career in the Merchant Navy, studied painting under Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956). He was initially engaged in illustration working for publications such as The Illustrated London News, and this drawing shows his illustrative skill. Pitcher was a founder member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists in 1939 and he exhibited at the United Artist exhibitions, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours.
He married the artist Florence Mary Sotheby Pitcher (1896-1982) in the early 1920s and the couple moved to Rye in East Sussex in 1925. During the war, he served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.
Signed and inscribed lower right.
In good condition for its age. The picture may have minor imperfections, such as slight marks, toning, foxing, creasing or pinholes, commensurate with age. Please see photos for detail.
11.3cm x 7.4cm.
This picture is one of an interesting assortment of pictures, which were acquired together from a single collector and include a number of works by the eminent Dover artist William Burgess (1805-1861). Burgess was a painter and drawing master, who specialised in local Dover subjects, which sometimes featured military and naval elements. There are further naval and marine connections in the collection, spanning the early Victorian era to the early 20th century, which indicate the collector was possibly of Naval descent; an address associated with the collection is at Lowestoft.
Artists of interest featured in the collection include marine artist Neville Sotheby Pitcher (1889-1959), and Count Mario Grixoni (1885-1945), who was son and nephew of senior officers of the Army and Navy, and who as a young man started a Naval career. There is also an early view on the Nile, and a World War Two sketch in India. In addition, the collection features a number of typical Victorian subjects, such as a portrait of Queen Victoria’s dog Dash, along with a canine sketch by the eminent British-American canine painter Maud Earl (1864-1943), whose select clientele included members of the British royal family.
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Product code: JN-997