Trout Stream in Wales - on the Afon (river) Gwrfai at Plas Glan-yr-Afon, East of Bontnewydd and South of Caernnarfon


Trout Stream in Wales - on the Afon (river) Gwrfai at Plas Glan-yr-Afon, East of Bontnewydd and South of Caernnarfon (Wales, 1866)

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Oil on board
Signed and dated '1866', inscribed verso: Trout Stream in Winter, Glanrafon, William J J C Bond, Glen Helow, Carnarvon


18.00cm high
25.00cm wide
(7.09 inches high)
(9.84 inches wide)
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Alderman E. Samuelson JP, 1886


H. C. Marillier, The Liverpool School of Painters, (John Murray, London 1904), pages 71-78.

Exhibition History

Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery Grand Loan Exhibition of Pictures, 1886, number 1472

Description / Expertise

Bond was a landscape and marine painter of the Liverpool School. His work was much influenced by Turner and in the 1850's and 1860's by the Pre-Raphaelites.

Bond spent all his life in Liverpool, exhibited there almost exclusively and worked mainly for northern patrons. He was apprenticed to Thomas Griffiths, a Liverpool picture dealer and restorer, and became an Associate of the Liverpool Academy in 1856 and a Member in 1859. Although he exhibited in London between 1857 and 1881, most of his pictures were shown there at the Society of British Artists, which was not particularly prestigious. He showed only two pictures at the Royal Academy and one at the Grosvenor Gallery.

His subjects consist of landscapes, coastal and harbour scenes. They are set in localities easily accessible from Liverpool such as Cheshire and North Wales, although Bond paid one visit to Antwerp. Turner and Bond's fellow Liverpool artist, the Pre-Raphaelite landscapist William Davis were the main formative influences on his style. Marillier's book (see Literature) on the Liverpool School is still the best account of his work.

Christopher Gridley kindly wrote the following: My friends in National Museum Wales are pretty sure your above work is of the Afon(river) Gwrfai at Plas Glan-yr-Afon which is about 2 miles due east of Bontnewydd, which is on the A487 about 2 miles south of Caernnarfon. Plas Glan-yr-afon translates as "mansion of the clear river", but unfortunately I cannot identify any building in your painting.