James Herbert Snell, River Landscape With A Silver Birch

DESCRIPTION

An attractive impressionistic landscape painting by English artist, James Herbert Snell (1861-1935). With daubs of oils and skilfully rendered brushwork, Snell has captured this scene beautifully. From the semi-overcast British sky through to the delicate flora that extends into the water.

Snell was an interesting painter as his works span a transitionary period for British art. Around 1880, French impressionism was in full swing and gaining the attention of many British artists. As a young man, he would’ve surely been influenced by the Impressionists, yet also embedded into a deep British tradition for realism. As such, many of his paintings draw on both schools, with his later works becoming more impressionistic.

Snell trained at the Academy in Heatherleys and also visited Paris and Amsterdam for study trips. His travels enabled him to collaborate with a range of diverse artists, which furthered his development.

In 1890, he was invited to the Royal Society of British Artists and also later became a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. He exhibited widely, including 45 times at the Royal Academy.

Signed and dated in the bottom left.

Medium
Oil on canvas
Size including frame
24½” x 20½” / 62cm x 52cm x 5cm
Year of creation
c. 1887
Condition A little craquelure but otherwise in very good condition. Relined. Later glazed framed.
Artist’s auction highlight £3,800 achieved at Christie's in 1994 for Harvesting Time (76cm x 56cm). 

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