An impressively large (26" by 39", and 40" by 53" in a fine high quality gilded oak style frame of the period) watercolor landscape of a fascinating primeval, mystical forest interior, signed at lower right by English Victorian period artist JOSHUA RENSHAW, who was active in the 1880's and 1890's, though little biographical information is available. The painting is not behind glass but has survived into the 21st century in exceptional condition nevertheless; I note just a few insignificant foxing marks or discolorations. On old backing paper is a title in pencil, perhaps in the hand of the artist "A Tributary in Windermere Westmorland", and there is an heraldic label that might be that of a previous owner/collector, William H. Foster. Windermere is in scenic northwest England. Note the fine detail----birds; lily pads; the twisted tree trunks and tangled foliage. A true prize for someone who appreciates old English watercolors. A handful of Renshaw's works have appeared at auction in England, but I do not see records for one of this size or quality. Due to the size, shipping could be expensive; email to discuss various options. More photos, to show the impressive details of drawing and frame as well, upon request.
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