John William NORTH (Walham Green 1842 - Stamborough 1924)
The Hayloft Sold
Watercolour and bodycolour, with scratching out. Laid down. Indistinctly signed(?) and dated 67 at the lower left.230 x 284 mm. (9 x 11 1/8 in.)ACQUIRED BY THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, WASHINGTON, DC.ENQUIRE
John William North spent much of the 1860’s working at Halsway Manor, near Crowcombe in Somerset, where he had rented rooms alongside Fred Walker. This watercolour is likely to depict a scene in the Quantock Hills and the surrounding West Somerset countryside, an area which accounted for almost all of North’s landscape subjects in the 1860’s. This was a period during which North began to achieve a measure of both financial success as an illustrator, but by 1867 – the date of the present sheet – he seems to have given up his illustration work in favour of a full-time career as a landscape watercolourist and, occasionally, painter. As Christopher Newall has noted, ‘The watercolours that North painted in the 1860s owe much to his experience as a designer of illustrations, retaining a coherent and linear compositional structure, matched with intense colour and careful observation of detail.’
Kenneth Augustus Muir Mackenzie, 1st Baron Muir Mackenzie GCB, LondonAnonymous sale, Exeter, Bearne’s, 7 November 2006, lot 458Peter Nahum, London, in January 2008Christopher Cone, Whitby.
London, Royal Academy, Winter Exhibition, 1928 (lent by Lord Muir Mackenzie).