19th-Century English School

River Landscape With Sail Barge

19th-Century English School

River Landscape With Sail Barge

This late 19th-century British watercolour depicts a tranquil river landscape with a sail barge, figures and bridge.

As the early evening sun drifts over the horizon, the sky becomes a wispy convergence of gentle golden tints. Silvery waters shimmer with a crisp radiance as a small barge moves downstream with its sail billowing. This is rural England, sketched outdoors amid nature’s beguiling splendour.

The exact location is unknown but the composition is reminiscent of a work by Peter de Wint (1784-1849) titled ‘Walton on Thames’. Throughout the 19th century, artists flocked to this majestic river to capture its alluring charms. Note the change in approach to describe the woodland in the distance, with its hazy bluish hue and lighter appearance. While the rugged copse on the left is a sketchy mosaic of greens with earthy brown.

Held within a later frame and glazed.

Medium: Watercolour on paper
Overall size: 28½” x 17” / 72cm x 43cm
Year of creation: c. 1880
Condition: Artwork presents well. Frame with some light wear.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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