A rainy street scene in Abbeville, watercolour on card, signed Hy Woods, c1890.
Watercolour on card, unframed, signed Hy Woods (Henry Woods). Dimensions : 380mm x 268mm. Weight : 0.160kg net. Condition : Good.
A rainy street scene in Abbeville, watercolour on card, signed Hy Woods (Henry Woods 1846-1921), c1890. Dimensions : 380mm x 268mm.
Condition/Notes : The watercolour painting is in good condition although there could be some slight colour run in the sky probably caused by moisture ingress to the previous frame which probably explains why it has been opened and removed. The line of the former frame can be seen along the lower edge at about 17mm in and along the lh edge at about 4mm in with about 2mm in along the top edge. The framed area is somewhat brighter and more yellow but I wouldn't consider the painting to be faded. The painting depicts a rainy street scene in Abbeville France with a horse drawn carriage and several figures moving towards the ecclesiastical style building dominating the background. The building has been identified as the Collegiale Saint-Vulfran in Abbeville, Somme, Picardie where Woods is known to have spent some time following his move from England to the Continent. There is also another recorded watercolour painting of this scene viewed from the same location and with similar figures which can be viewed on artnet.com database. Interesting to note that the shop's sign to the right of the female figure is Henr- which may be artistic licence or factual. The card verso has remants of the framing tape and outline of the frame with "small frame" written in handscript. Unfortunately, there is also the remnants of a label which appears to have been partly removed in the lh corner. Overall, this is a very interesting work of the well documented English artist Henry Woods (1846-1921) and clearly signed by the artist.