Thomas Whittle The Younger, The Old Watermill, Trefriar, Wales

Thomas Whittle The Younger, The Old Watermill, Trefriar, Wales

A charming 19th-century oil on canvas depicting an old watermill tucked away within a valley in North Wales. You can almost hear the gushing water as it rushes across ancient stones.

This skilful piece by Thomas Whittle The Younger (1803-1887) embeds the mill within its surrounding environment. There’s very little difference between the structure of the building and the landscape beyond. This merging of industry and nature is possibly a commentary on a society that was becoming ever-more industrialised. Man seeks to dominate - yet man cannot survive without nature. The best outcome is harmony.

The painting is signed/dated in the lower right, inscribed on the reverse, and housed within a gilt frame.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 24” x 29” / 61cm x 73cm
Year of creation: 1876
Provenance: England
Condition: Overall very presentable. Canvas relined. Frame with some light age-related wear.
Artist’s Auction Highlight: £2,681 achieved for ‘Still Life with fruits and flowers’ at an auction in 2017.

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