This watercolour with graphite and chalk is by British artist James Thomas Linnell, RA (1820-1905), circa 1880. It is in excellent condition, with museum-quality framing measuring 30" x 38.5". It is an original painting, signed by the artist in the lower left corner. James Thomas Linnell's fine detail and sense of atmosphere and composition contribute to this depiction of rural England. The Linnell family home was in Redhill, Surrey, a setting reminiscent of this landscape.
Linnell was the son of another Royal Academy-trained artist, John Linnell, following in his footsteps. James Thomas Linnell exhibited in London with the Royal Academy 38 times, including in 1880 when this piece debuted. It was purchased by the Right Honourable Sir C. A. Lennox-Boyd in London and was subsequently brought to Canada through his estate. Works by Linnell are held in many important collections internationally.
Donated by Ian Back.