Halsway Court, Somerset by John William North

This work is the largest and most compelling of North's rare early watercolours.

Details

Medium:
Watercolour & gouache
Dimensions:
33 x 44 cm
Art Fund grant:
£10,000 ( Total: £42,500)
Acquired in:
1994
Vendor:
Robin de Beaumont

It celebrates the picturesque farmhouse which fired his youthful imagination, every detail being rendered with gem-like care. The general conception, and the ability to distil something so poignant from the simplest of natural elements, is entirely consistent with what is known of North's genius. The drawing marks a climax, a peak of early visionary intensity which gives his later productions, whatever their virtues, the character of a long diminuendo.

Provenance

With Colnaghi's, 1961; Robin de Beaumont.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

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