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.

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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