Walter James Watson (1877-1963) was the grandson and son of landscape artists, and one of five children, all of whom became artists. He studied first at the Wallasey School of Art and then in London. He is mainly known for his views of North Wales, as evidenced by the fact that he exhibited 32 paintings at the Royal Cambrian Academy. However, he also exhibited at the major London galleries as well as all over England and abroad. He was elected an Associate member of the Royal Cambrian Academy in 1922.
In this traditional landscape, Watson shares with us a view of the countryside as only he knew how to paint it. The scene’s lushness and simple beauty engulfs one’s senses.
Watson kept his color palette to blues, greens and browns with the exception of the ivory cloud-filled sky. All the colors harmonize well with one another, providing a sense of serenity that mirrors the sense of beauty in the scene. This oil painting was painted on a wooden board. It is signed and dated 1925 on the bottom right corner.
Although known for his larger works of art, this landscape does not disappoint. It is beautifully painted with a beguiling simplicity. Works by William J. Watson have sold at auction for more than $25,000 at auction.
I have the painting professionally cleaned so that it is in ready-to-hang condition. The wood and gesso Victorian style frame suits the painting well.
It measures 23-5/8 inches wide and 17-1/2 inches high, including the frame.
Welsh River Landscape with Cows by William J. Watson, ARCA