On the River Dee, North Wales
Research by Sally Banister & Norma Smeaton
Acc No 29
Artist E Bennett (possibly Benett)
Artist dates Unknown
Medium Oil on canvas
Size 24 x 36 in (61.0 x 91.4 cm)
Date painted Unknown
Inscr: Signed (L.L.) and inscribed on the reverse
'On the River Dee, N.Wales'
Donor Mrs S E Crompton, 25 Ansdell Road North,
Lytham St Annes
Date donated 24 April 1944
See also Easdale, Westmorland by E Bennett - Acc No 33
ARTIST & PAINTING
The dates of the artist are unknown and therefore the researchers are unable to verify the information about him. The painting is signed (LL) and inscribed on the reverse, 'On the River Dee, n. Wales'.
E Bennett was following the tradition of landscape painting developed by Constable. It is likely that the artist started with a pale red/brown ground and then would establish the composition and the tonal values with underpainting. The next step would be to build up the paint in thicker layers, sometimes allowing the ground and underpainting to show through.
One of a pair of paintings depicting rural settings with very atmospheric painting of hills in the background. There is a strong light from the sky reflected in the water. The artist is telling the story about the activities that happen around the river bank.
This painting shows a rocky river bank with mature trees turning brown, possibly in early autumn. A man is fishing in the river and some cows are drinking in the calmer water upstream. The hills in the background echo the autumnal feel of the painting.
Techniques of the World's Greatest Painters, Consultant Editor Waldemar Januszczak, 1987, Tiger Books International