Clovelly, North Devon, gouache on paper, signed Roland Stead. c1920.
Clovelly, gouache on paper, signed Roland Stead. Dimensions : Frame : 290mm x 797mm x 20mm. Image : 275mm x 780mm. Weight : 1.860kg net. Condition : Good.
Clovelly, North Devon, gouache on paper, signed Roland Stead. c1920. Framed and glazed.
Dimensions : Frame : 290mm x 797mm x 20mm. Image : 275mm x 780mm. Weight : 1.860kg net.
Condition/Notes : Good. The gouache on paper study of Clovelly viewed from above the harbour and looking out to sea is in good condition with good colour. There is, however, marking to the inside of the glazing which is casting shadow onto the painting and some light fungal growth associated with this - caused by the painting being framed without a protective mount which was the practice in the early 1900's. This can be easily removed on opening the frame and cleaning the glazing. I recommend that the painting should be reframed using a conservation mount to protect the work and prevent any future moisture/damp problems. The scene is very attractive and was a favourite subject of many Victorian/Edwardian artists attracted by the wonderful vista created by the steep coastline and tranquil bay. The painting is signed by the artist in the lower lh corner beneath the nearest tree-trunk in his usual manner. As mentioned above, the painting is framed directly beneath the glazing which was normal procedure at that time. The basic recessed frame is in fair condition with general scuffing and scratching wear to the face and edges but is in sound structural condition; cardboard backing secured by rusty panel pins and sealed with gummed framing tape. Framer's stamp to the lower centre, The Art Shop, 17, Lister Lane, Halifax. No visible script. Overall, a very pleasing painting which will benefit from reframing.
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