This is a really pretty watercolor on heavy watercolor paper by an obvious talent, 14" by 20" (22 1/2" by 28 1/4" as framed), the subject picturesque boats tied up along the banks of an idyllic stretch of river, a boathouse at left and a few figures completing the impressionist composition. The work's varieties of impressionistic blues are quite lovely, and there is simply excellent handling of color and light. The only fault, really, is that the artist did not sign the piece. There are a few hints as to authorship, though, and I have pursued those on the net. A label affixed to the reverse says "FOR FRANCES WALANKER/LORNA BILLINGHURST'S UNCLE'S WATERCOLOR/(STORY IN FILE)". With only that to go on, I thought about the possibilities so looked for artist name "Billinghurst", thinking this might be Lorna's maiden name, and therefore the surname of her father and his brother. An excellent match came up........one ALFRED JOHN BILLINGHURST (1880-1963). This was an English artist who did work in watercolor; born at Blackheath, trained at the Slade school and in Paris around the turn of the century, associate of the Royal Society of British Artists in the 1920's and a frequent exhibitor thereafter. Many of his works show the Thames River and boating activities along its banks, and the online images show handling and subject matter very similar to that of this work . I cannot say for sure that this would be one of his paintings, but the theory seems to fit. In any event this is a fine watercolor, in generally good condition (note brown foxing marks generally at lower right quadrant). The frame and mat are tired and not that complementary, and the framing has loosened up. **Allow for reflections in the glass**
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