Landscape with Figure Bathing

JOHN WILLIAM NORTH ARA RWS (1842-1924) Biography
PRE-RAPHAELITE (founded 1848) Biography

Landscape with Figure Bathing (England, 1888)

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Watercolour heightened with white on paper
Signed with initials and dated 1888

Dimensions

27.60cm high
43.80cm wide
(10.87 inches high)
(17.24 inches wide)
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Description / Expertise

North was an illustrator and wood-engraver as well as a landscape and genre painter. Born at Walham Green he studied at the Malborough House School of Art and was apprenticed to J. W. Whymper as a wood-engraver in 1850. There he worked with Frederick Walker, Pinwell and Charles Green. He was an intimate friend of Walker, whose art he influenced and who sometimes drew figures in North's paintings. R. W. Macbeth, A. B. Houston and Cecil Lawson belonged to the same group of artists. Between 1862 and 1866 he was employed by the Dalziel Brothers and his landscapes may be seen in Wayside Posies, 1867, and other publications. He drew illustrations for Once a Week, Good Words, The Sunday Magazine.

From 1865 he exhibited at the Royal Academy and from 1869 at the Old Watercolour Society, the Grosvenor Gallery, the National Gallery and elsewhere. In 1871 he became an associate of the Old Watercolour Society and in 1883 he was made an RWS. He became an ARA in 1893 and was also member of the Royal West of England Academy.