William Fraser GARDEN (Gillingham 1856 - Huntingdon 1921)
River Landscape near St. Ives, Huntingdonshire Sold
Watercolour. Signed and dated W. F. GARDEN: / ‘97. at the lower left. Faintly inscribed Near S. Ives, Hunts. and 30/- on the verso.195 x 285 mm. (7 5/8 x 11 1/4 in.)ACQUIRED BY THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, WASHINGTON, D.C.ENQUIRE
Garden’s watercolour views of his native Huntingdonshire and along the river Ouse in Bedfordshire are masterpieces of clarity and detail. As Christopher Newall has written, ‘Garden’s watercolors are a manifestation of the late-century revival of interest in the representation of landscape subjects in minute and painstaking detail. He chose picturesque but unremarkable subjects in his immediate locality – decrepit mill buildings and riverside inns along the banks of the Great Ouse, as well as pure landscapes…His works of the late 1880s and early 1890s are extraordinary in their pellucid clarity of light and their exact delineation of architectural and landscape detail.’
The Broderick family, Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire.