James Poole, River Landscape With Distant Hills

James Poole, River Landscape With Distant Hills

This enchanting 19th-century landscape painting by British artist James Poole (1804-1886) depicts an extensive view across a picturesque river towards distant hills. It evokes the quiet tranquillity of a warm Summer’s day.

In the foreground, a lone figure rests upon the riverbank, perhaps fishing with a line. He’s under an old birch, which provides shade from the midday sun. Beyond him, the view extends through several layers - each affected uniquely by the light. Note the middle ground with its bright green hue and the furthest part of the river with its near-white accents.

Poole was a master at capturing nature’s restful moods. He enjoyed many of Britain’s uplands including parts of Yorkshire, the Lake District and North Wales. His landscapes convey a poetic quality and a sense of peaceful solitude.

Signed in the lower right and housed within a fine Rococo revival frame.

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Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 36” x 25½” / 91cm x 65cm
Year of creation: c. 1870
Condition: Artwork presents well. Frame with some light wear.
Artist’s auction highlight: £4,800 achieved for an oil painting in 2015.

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