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    Henry Charles Fox 1855 - 1929.Plaisters Lane Sutton Poyntz Dorset 1918

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    Henry Charles Fox. 
    English ( b.1855 - d.1929 ).
    Driving Sheep. Plaisters Lane, Sutton Poyntz, Dorset 1918.
    Watercolour. Signed & Dated 1918.
    Image size 18.9 inches x 28.3 inches ( 48cm x 72cm ).
    Frame size 26.8 inches x 36.2 inches ( 68cm x 92cm ).

    Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art in the English county of Dorset is this original painting by Henry Charles Fox dated 1918.
    The watercolour is presented and supplied in a sympathetic new replacement frame (which is shown in these photographs) that suits the artwork’s colour palette and behind non-reflective Tru Vue UltraVue® UV70 glass. 
    This antique painting is in very good condition, commensurate with its age. It wants for nothing and is ready to hang and display. 
    The watercolour is signed and dated 1918 lower right.

    Henry Charles Fox was a prolific, popular and well-respected English landscape artist. Born in London, he lived most of his life in Kingston on Thames. He had his first painting accepted at the Royal Academy in 1880 and exhibited prolifically there and at all the other major galleries until 1913. Well-respected as an artist among his peers, he was elected a full member of the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) in 1889. 

    Fox’s paintings are regarded as well composed and balanced with a skilful use of toning and light. His palette is typically that of the genre artist, with the use of soft reds, earthy browns and rich greens to give his works a warm and peaceful feeling under large skies. 

    Charles Fox is best known for his rural landscapes in watercolour, but he also painted in oils and had a series of large etchings published by Gladwell Brothers, London, in the 1880s. 

    Fox specialised in rural scenes, capturing in his delicate watercolour works the idealised dream of the perfect English countryside as it was during Victorian times. In doing so he travelled widely across the south of England. His paintings were popular in the early 1900s because of their sense of tradition and tranquillity in a changing world. Today they are highly collectable because they provide us with a beautiful record of rural life as it was at the turn of the twentieth century. 

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    This original watercolour painting depicts a scene on Plaisters Lane in the ancient and picturesque village of Sutton Poyntz in Dorset. It is signed and dated by the artist on the lower left side. Sutton Poyntz nestles below the South Ridgeway, which follows the tops of the hills seen in the background of this painting, mid-way between the seaside town of Weymouth and the market town of Dorchester. Plaisters Lane winds its way from the end of Sutton Poyntz, up the chalk hills towards Dorchester. This scene captures the lane before its steep ascent. It depicts a flock of sheep being walked towards the lower ground, with a shepherd behind them. The figure wears a blue jacket, brown trousers and a hat. He carries a shepherd’s crook in his right hand. Behind the shepherd, on the grassy verge to the left we spy half a dozen hens, wandering free. There is a stone cottage to the left, with a gateway immediately after, through which we glimpse a traditional haystack with a ladder stacked against it. There is the outline of a further modest building set back in the fields to the right. Large aged trees line each side of the lane, which is still a modest earthen track. The palette used by the artist is one of warm ochres, varied greens and amber skies. From the appearance of the foliage and the presence of the haystack we know that this is late summer, early autumn. The overall mood is one of peace and simplicity. It is amazing to think that this idyllic rural scene was captured in 1918 at the end of the Great War and was not untypical of many small villages in southern England at that time. This is a piece of rural history, sympathetically and skilfully captured for prosperity.

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    W: 92cm  (36.2")H: 68cm  (26.8")D: 2cm  (0.8")


    Early 20th Century, Art Deco (c. 1910-1939)



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