James Charles

Threatening Weather

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James Charles 1851–1906
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 445 × 787 mm
Presented by Lady Holroyd in accordance with the wishes of the late Sir Charles Holroyd 1919

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The Lancashire painter James Charles was briefly at art school in Paris in the 1870s, where he admired the technique of the French Realist artists who recorded agricultural life by painting landscapes out of doors. Charles painted in the southern counties of England, using a direct and unaffected style. He was not well known in London, but had an important patron in Bradford, John Maddocks, and he exhibited in Paris during the 1880s. This landscape was probably made towards the end of his career, when he was living in Chichester. In this last group of paintings he used a dry impasto and a warm brown tonality.

Gallery label, September 2004

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Inscr., ‘J C’ in monogram b.l.
Canvas, 17 1/2×31 (44·5×79).
Presented by Lady Holroyd in accordance with the wishes of Sir Charles Holroyd 1919.
Coll: Purchased by Sir Charles Holroyd from the Leicester Galleries 1907.

Exh: Leicester Galleries, February–March 1907 (38).

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Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I

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