ARTIST: Henry C. Jarvis (1867 -1955)
TITLE: “Watchbell Street, Rye, East Sussex”
MEDIUM: Watercolour on paper 7.1/4” x 10.3/4”
Signed lower right and inscribed on a label
to the reverse.
REF: KFA577 (SOLD)
Henry C. Jarvis was an accomplished watercolour landscape artist who studied art at Goldsmith’s College in London. He is listed as having lived in London around 1904 and 1922, Billingshurst in West Sussex around 1915 and later Sevenoaks in Kent around 1935.
His exhibition achievements were considerable, having shown 17 times at The Abbey Gallery, 18 at The Dudley Gallery, 12 at The Royal Academy in London and 3 times at The Royal Institute of Watercolour Painters.
This little picture beautifully and simply captures a well-known aspect of the old citadel of Rye. Loose brushwork and minimal attention to detail are nicely applied here, in a pleasant blend of a technique quite modern and old-fashioned, excellent drawing skills, all clearly very well learnt.
The faded exhibition label to the reverse of the old framing around this picture has a date, which is just discernable, possibly as 1948.