James Ashton (1859-1935) watercolour, Coastal scene with steamer, c. 1920

$440.00 AUD

James Ashton (1859-1935) watercolour,

Coastal scene, with steamer & sailboat passing by rocky cliffs, several seagulls flying by.

Signed lower right,

Circa 1920

Frame 40x76cm, work visible 36×16.5cm

James Ashton- Australian Artist - portrait 1894
James Ashton, 1894

James Ashton was born on the Isle of Wight, and at nearly age achieved a scholarship to the National Art Training School (Royal College of Art) at South Kensington, London. He came to Australia in 1884, arriving in Adelaide with the intention of becoming a professional artist. He established a school (in the Norwood Town Hall) where he gave lessons in sketching, china-painting and painting in oil and water-colours. Returning to England in 1895, he received lessons from the great Henry Moore RA,  gaining a diploma, and was elected a member of the (Royal) Society of Arts, London. In 1896, he opened “Ashton’s Academy of Arts”, which became the foundation for many South Australian artists, such as Hans Heysen. He settled at Brighton, S.A., by the seaside – where he continued to paint his favourite subject, the sea.

His work is represented in numerous public galleries around Australia, with his ‘best’ work, ‘The Moon Enchanted Sea’, in  the National Gallery of South Australia.







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