Bernard Walter Evans, ‘Langham Stretch’, watercolour, signed & dated 1883

$1,450.00 AUD

Bernard Walter Evans (1843-1922) ,

‘Langham Stretch’ , a view of the estuary of the River Stour, Suffolk

large watercolour, signed & dated  1883

Work 33x49cm, frame 65x81cm

Condition: good, with minor signs of age – probably original frame with updated mount.

There were two British artists with the same name, both active in the 20th century – one at the beginning (1843-1922), the other from the mid-20th century (1929-2014). They both worked in watercolour, and are often confused.
This work is by the earlier Bernard ‘Walter’ Evans. Born in Wolverhampton in 1843, he came to Birmingham for his training in Art. His father was also an artist, connected with the great Gothic Revival architect Pugin, working in Birmingham making church furniture, engraving copper plates, and engraving gold & silver products.   Bernard moved to London in 1870, where he married the daughter of an engraver, Mary Ann Eliza Hollyer.
Over the next decades, he exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of British Artists and the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours. He was also one of the founder members of the City of London Society of Artists.

The Magazine of Art had an article on him, published in 1892: ‘Mr Evans is somewhat of the older school of English landscape painters….. he has always gone to Nature herself for his inspiration, and he expresses the impressions thus derived in his own way. There is an eloquence in his atmospheres and cloud-shapes that needs to have been felt to be fully appreciated… It speaks well for the appreciation in which his work is held that he seldom has any pictures in his studio. They are bought up as quickly as painted, and he generally has commissions on hand besides. Some of his landscapes have gone to America, others to the Colonies. His “Cannock Chase” and another were purchased for the National Gallery at Sydney…’

The National Gallery of NSW has two large works similar to this example in their collection, including “Cannock Chase”.

This view of the ‘Langham Stretch’ appears to show the estuary of the River Stour, Suffolk – looking south-east from the A137, with the village of Manningtree and the spire of St Mary & St Michael’s Church in the central distance.




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