This late 19th-century watercolour by British artist Joseph Ratcliffe Skelton (1865-1927) depicts a ‘quiet corner’ of Newcastle, England.
Skelton was a Geordie lad and knew these cobbled streets well. He’d moved away early in life but returned to reminiscence and paint the backdrop to his childhood. The inclusion of children is poignant, perhaps a reminder of his time as a boy.
He cared about this area and went to great lengths to render the architecture accurately. Note the brickwork in the foreground with its various textures and the curved railings, exquisitely rendered.
Predominantly known as an illustrator, this is a fine example of his earlier work.
Signed/dated in the lower left and framed.
Medium: Watercolour on paper.
Overall size: 19” x 23” / 49cm x 59cm
Year of creation: 1893
Labels & Inscriptions: Exhibition label on reverse.
Condition: Artwork presents well. Frame with some light wear.
Artist’s auction maximum: £1,900
Joseph Ratcliffe Skelton
Joseph Ratcliffe Skelton exhibited at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Royal Academy, and the Royal West of England Academy, where he was a member. He’s represented at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle.
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