Haunt of the Wild Duck
Research by Jacqueline Arundel
Acc No 183
Artist Thomas Tayler Ireland
Artist dates 1876-1931
Donor Margaret Jessie Gourlay, Lytham St Annes
Date donated 25 July 1955
Acc No 100 Children of the Jordan Family (Huggins)
Acc No 181 New Forest Hampshire (Hines)
Acc No 182 A Lane Near Guildford (Fox)
This is a delightful watercolour and the image shown really does not do it justice. Ireland specialised in misty, wooded landscapes using a similar colour palette to the one seen here; a misty, autumnal woodland scene near a lake or stream.
London born Thomas Tayler Ireland was a landscape artist who painted in both oils and watercolours, although mostly watercolours. He exhibited at the principal London galleries, mainly at the Royal Academy, the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour and Suffolk Street.
He was the son of Lowestoft born painter, Thomas Ireland, and painted in a similar style; although his father painted primarily in oils, and to a lesser extent in watercolours. His father often exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
At the time of the 1901 census both father and son were shown as living at 14 Chalcot Crescent, London NW1. At that time Thomas Tayler was recorded as aged 26 and Thomas, his father, as aged 53, giving him a birth date c.1848.
Further examples of Thomas Tayler Ireland’s work
Alfred East Art Gallery Permanent Collection, A Woodland Scene, Image available online @
Panverrtu Art Gallery available online @ http://www.panvertu.com/Ireland.htm
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Wright, C, Gordon, C, & Smith, M P, (Eds) (2006), British and Irish Paintings in Public Collections: An Index of British and Irish Paintings by artists born before 1870 in public and institutional collections in the United Kingdom and Ireland, Yale University Press, London, p459