John SHERRIN (1819 - 1896)
Still Life of a Bird’s Nest and Primroses Sold
Watercolour, with touches of white heightening. Signed JSherrin at the lower left.153 x 189 mm. (6 x 7 3/8 in.) [image]165 x 207 mm. (6 1/2 x 8 1/8 in.) [sheet]ENQUIRE
John Sherrin’s technical abilities as a watercolourist are readily evident in the present sheet. With its use of a stippling technique applied with minute brushstrokes, the drawing owes much to the example of his teacher William Henry Hunt, who was known as ‘Bird’s Nest’ Hunt; a sobriquet also attached to the school of artists, like Sherrin, who painted the same types of subjects. Such direct observation from nature is characteristic of Sherrin’s work, and reflects the particular influence of the ideas of John Ruskin, who was also taught by Hunt.
Richard Haworth, BlackburnAudrey Pearce, Surrey, in 1972 (according to an inscription on the old backing board).