In 1911, Barton held the first significant exhibition of her works at the Japanese Gallery in New Bond Street, consisting of sixty of her paintings of London. By the following year she was attracting notice as a painter of London scenes. Her watercolours are characterised by an impressionistic finish. She had a ‘great sense of the character of ordinary people and interesting everyday scenes. These she saw through a romantic haze which evokes the bustling life of Dublin and London in the first quarter of this century.’ (Anne Crookshank, ‘Introduction’ in exh.cat., Rose Barton, R.W.S. (1859-1929), Exhibition of Watercolours and Drawings, Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork, 1987). The present watercolour, exemplary of Barton’s atmospheric technique, demonstrates her fascination with the London fog and is a scene which she returned to several times in order to capture the fluctuating weather conditions.
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