Ernest Charles Walbourn

In The Orchard

Ernest Charles Walbourn

In The Orchard

This early 20th-century oil painting by English artist Ernest Charles Walbourn (1872-1927) depicts an orchard scattered with busy chickens. It’s wonderfully alive and rich with colour.

Here, we see Walbourn’s observation of light - translated into liberal highlights of white dots and dashes. Look at the steps under the tree, which come to life with a quick flash of light. And the chickens in the foreground are given a three-dimensional appearance with tonal adjustments. The more you examine this skilful little piece, the more it gives you.

On the right, there’s a sketch of a steep climb with simple marks and shading. While the distant view along the path is little more than a haze.

Walbourn exhibited at the Royal Academy but this is much looser than his finer works. It’s probably a study ahead of another piece but carries more vivacity as a result.

Stamped and framed. Label on the reverse with provenance and details of catalogue entry.

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Medium: Oil on board
Overall size: 18” x 14” / 46cm x 36cm
Year of creation: c. 1915
Condition: Artwork presents well. Frame with some light wear.
Artist’s auction highlight: £12,800 achieved for an oil painting in 1999.

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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