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Heathland on the Surrey Hills. The sand pit.

James Edward Grace

English ( b.1851 - d.1901 )

Heathland on the Surrey Hills. The sand pit.

  • Oil on board
  • Signed lower left

Image size 9.5 inches x 13.4 inches ( 24cm x 34cm )
Frame size 12.2 inches x 16.1 inches ( 31cm x 41cm )

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Sold by Big Sky Fine Art this original oil painting by James Edward Grace from 1890, is presented and supplied in a contemporary but sympathetic wooden frame (which is shown in these photographs).
Painted on a Birchmores Board supplied by George Rowney & Co of London. The painting was previously with James Dawson of 94, Prospect Street, Hull. the painting was exhibited at New Gallery at 121 Regent Street, London in 1891 in an exhibition organised by The Art Union of London, catalogue entry number 300.

The painting is signed lower left.

James Grace was a gifted and respected English artist, etcher and illustrator. He studied at Liverpool Institute from the age of 16 and then at South Kensington. He was a member of the Royal Society of British Artists. He is known for his book illustrations as well as his beautiful landscapes, which are generally of rather peaceful mellow countryside.

Grace exhibited 283 works in prominent English galleries including the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour, Dudley Art Gallery, Grosvenor Gallery, New English Art Club, the Royal Scottish Academy, Walker Art Gallery and Manchester City Art Gallery. He also exhibited extensively abroad, including Paris, Munich, Chicago, St Louis and Australia.

James Grace married Mary Haldane, also a landscape painter, in 1874. He lived in Bedford Park, London where he died on 5th March 1908.

This original oil on board depicts the heathland on the Surrey Hills, including Witley Common and Mare Hill. There is an abundance of yellow flowering gorse in the foreground, and a clearing of deep red earth. A broad grassy strip of land takes the eye to the scrub and bushes in the background. Overhead the sky is mottled with grey clouds. This is a very peaceful and unpretentious scene.