A Bridge near Llangollen
Research by Marie Riley
This painting was previously attributed by the Public Catalogue Foundation to John Elliott (1858-1925) but the signature in the bottom right very clearly reads ‘H Elliot’.
There is no trace of an 'H Elliot' in the Grove Art Online catalogue or in Christopher Wood’s The Dictionary of Victorian Painters. Census records from 1841 to 1911 do not indicate anyone of this name who might be considered a likely fit. The artist may well have been an amateur.
The painting depicts a bridge near Llangollen, which is in Denbighshire, north-east Wales. Llangollen is situated on the River Dee and on the edge
of the Berwyn mountains.
The eye is drawn to the bottom third of this circular painting where the rounded arch of the bridge is mirrored by the curves of the sloping river banks either side. Irregular-shaped boulders frame the mouth of the arch. The brushstrokes in white on the surface of the water suggest movement and a degree of turbulence as the water flows under the bridge. Beyond, undulating hills loom indistinctly against a pale sky. A large tree leans across from the right of the bridge, dominating the upper part of the scene.
The donor, Charles Lewis Snelson, a former headmaster who originated from Bolton, also donated two paintings by Frank Hider to the Collection. He died in 1960 and was buried in Lytham Park Cemetery.
Grove Art Online
Wood, Christopher, The Dictionary of Victorian Painters, Antique Collectors Club (1978)
1911 Census for Charles Lewis Snelson,
Holmdale Thornton Hough Chester
England & Wales National Probate Calendar,
Charles Lewis Snelson
Probate Manchester, 29 December 1960