Theodore Casimir Roussel, 1847-1926
Boddinich, Fowey River
Oil on canvas; signed
13 3/4 x 17 inches
Roussel was a self-taught French artist, who settled in England in 1878. He befriended Whistler after they became neighbours in 1885, and like Whistler’s, his paintings have a confident, creamy consistency. This picture shows the Ferry Inn at Boddinick, along the Fowey River in Cornwall, which Roussel made an etching of in 1911. Over the following year, he exhibited several oil paintings of the Fowey.
Maxwell Ashby Armfield, 1882-1972
Oil on canvas; monogrammed and dated ‘13, inscribed on stretcher verso ‘VIAREGGIO/Maxwell Armfield’
20 x 24 inches
Exhibited: Possibly New English Art Club, 1913, no. 222, as Spring in Mountains
Viareggio is on the northeast coast of Italy, near Lucca, with the Apennine Mountains behind. This delicate early landscape may have been Armfield’s 1913 New English Art Club exhibit (as Spring in Mountains). He studied in Italy, and published a book, An Artist in Italy, in 1926.
Harry van der Weyden, 1868-1952
Watercolour; signed and dated 1924, inscribed verso with title
10 x 14 inches
A clever evocation of the Rye marshes by this Boston-born artist, who came to Britain on a Scholarship to the Slade at the age of 19. This ‘tonal’ style of painting, with soft twilight effects, owes much to the Japanese print revival of the 1920s, particularly the style known as shin-hanga, that was known in the West from articles in the Studio Magazine.