James Peel

Along The Wye

James Peel

Along The Wye

This fine mid-19th-century oil painting by British artist James Peel RBA (1811-1906) depicts a picturesque winding view of the River Wye with cattle and fisherman. Distant hills are partially obscured by low clouds.

Hailing from Newcastle, James Peel was a distinguished painter known predominantly for landscapes. His approach was naturalistic in style and he was celebrated as an accomplished draughtsman.

He was particularly adept at capturing extensive depth with far-reaching scenery and enjoyed the rolling uplands of Northumbria, Wales, and the Lake District. He travelled on occasion with his close friend, Benjamin Williams Leader (1831-1923).

Towards the centre, you'll spot several canoeists.

Peel’s works were shown at the Royal Academy, the British Institution, and the Royal Society of British Artists where he became a member. He’s represented at the V&A Museum.

Signed in the lower right and framed.

Learn more about James Peel in our directory.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 37½” x 25½” / 95cm x 65cm
Year of creation: c. 1870
Labels & Inscriptions: An early label from Frost and Reed, Bristol, art dealers, on reverse. Stock number 2429.
Provenance: With Frost and Reed, Bristol / Private collection, Germany.
Condition: Assessed and approved by our conservator. Canvas relined. Fine and settled craquelure, as you would expect. The paint layer is stable.
Artist’s auction maximum: £17,000
Our reference: BRV1699

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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