DAVID BATES (British, 1840-1921) created this fine painting that appeals on many levels. The watercolor medium gives it an Impressionistic feeling. The subject matter has great meaning for many, and fodder for the imagination. A couple is heading home. The woman is riding the horse in front. She is dressed nicely, even to her lovely hat, riding side saddle. Yet the horse she is riding appears to be more of a workhorse than a saddle horse like the one the gentleman is riding. There is another horse barely visible behind the man. Perhaps there was a mishap, and her horse could not complete the journey. How far had they gone? There is another horse in the foreground drinking from the small pond. So here we have a beautiful day with an interesting couple coming home. We are including a biography of David Bates at the end of the listing. His works are definitely loved by many. His high auction price was over $18,600.00, with private and gallery sales higher.
Country of Origin: The United Kingdom.
Medium: Watercolor on Paper.
Title: "Homeward Bound"
Size: 13 3/4 by 20 3/4 inches (34.9 x 52.7 cm); Framed (under glass) 22 3/4 by 29 3/4 by 1 1/2 inches
Signed lower right: David Bates
Condition: Foxing. Not examined outside of frame. The frame has substantial damage.
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: David Bates (British, 1840-1921) was an English landscape artist who painted in oils and watercolor. He was born in Cambridge, and from 1855 worked as a porcelain painter at the Royal Worcester porcelain works in Worcester - where he came to specialize in painting flowers. He left his employment there in 1880 to become a full-time professional painter.
Bates was an "open-air" rural landscape artist, painting in the Midlands, Scotland and Wales, and abroad in Switzerland and Egypt. His work shows the influence of Benjamin Williams Leader, Joseph Thors and Samuel Henry Baker. Bates is associated in style with the Birmingham School of artists.
Bates exhibited many works at the Royal Academy, Grosvenor Gallery, Royal Society of British Artists and the New Watercolour Society in London, and at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. His works are currently on display in Liverpool museum, Worcester City Museum, and several other art galleries.
His son, John Noel Bates (fl. 1870-1927), who adopted the professional name John Bates Noel, was also a notable landscape painter.
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