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Joseph Arthur Palliser Severn
SUNSET
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Joseph Arthur Palliser Severn
SUNSET
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LOT SOLD. 20,625 GBP
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Details & Cataloguing

A Green and Pleasant Land: Two Centuries of British Landscape Painting

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Joseph Arthur Palliser Severn
1842-1931
SUNSET
signed and dated l.l.: Arthur Severn - 1887.
watercolour
40.5 by 60cm., 16 by 23½in.
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Provenance

The Maas Gallery, London, March 2005

Catalogue Note

Severn captures the moment the sun lowers towards the horizon with orange and red colours bleeding through the sky and glazing the beautiful shimmering blue waters of the sea. 

From a well-known artistic family (his father Joseph, brother Walter and sister Mary were also painters), Severn was closely linked to John Ruskin; he married the famous art critic's niece Joan Ruskin Agnew in 1871. Severn joined Albert Goodwin and Ruskin on a trip to Italy in 1872 and the present work illustrates the influence of Ruskin's artistic theories. Joseph and Joan joined Ruskin at his home at Brantwood, Coniston Water for the last thirty years of his life and it was here that Severn executed many exquisite works with meticulous detail and intense colour. Ruskin left Brantwood to Joseph and Joan when he died in 1900. His wishes were that the house and its collection be open to the public for at least thirty days a year, but the Severns broke the agreement and sold many important works from the collection.

Severn was a technically gifted artist, particularly in watercolour and exhibited at the Royal Academy and New Watercolour Society as well as other well known institutions and galleries.

A Green and Pleasant Land: Two Centuries of British Landscape Painting

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London