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Loch Etive, Argyllshire

Henry Hillier Parker

English ( b.1858 - d.1930 )

Loch Etive, Argyllshire

  • Oil on canvas
  • Signed lower left, titled on the reverse

Image size 20.5 inches x 15.7 inches ( 52cm x 40cm )
Frame size 26.4 inches x 21.7 inches ( 67cm x 55cm )

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Sold by Big Sky Fine Art; this original oil painting by Henry Deacon Hillier, alias Henry Hillier Parker.
The painting is presented and supplied in a mid 20th century ornate frame.
Previously with Burlington Paintings, 10 & 12 Burlington Gardens, London W1S 3EY.

Henry Deacon Hillier, also known as Henry Hillier Parker, was a Midlands artist, active in the last quarter of the nineteenth century.

He studied at the St. Martin’s School of Art and lived mostly in London. His first job was as an illustrator for the Illustrated London News, but by the age of 23 he was known primarily as an accomplished landscape artist.

He exhibited regularly, but not in London like many of his contemporaries. He tended to paint his homeland, but exhibit and sell much further afield. He was especially popular in the USA and Canada, where his works were hung in many leading clubs and galleries.

Hillier painted scenes mainly from the south east of England, particularly Surrey, Sussex and along the Thames. He also painted in Worcestershire, Wales and Scotland. His Scottish works were usually signed “H.D. Hillier” and are far fewer in number than his English scenes, which he signed ‘Henry H. Parker” Consequently the Scottish views (such as the one featured here) are very sought after and quite rare. His works are found today in museums in Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand and Britain.

This is a charming oil painting of Loch Etive, which is a sea loch in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. It is almost 20 miles long, is bordered by a Special Area of Conservation along its north bank and is home to a colony of common seals. The area is steeped in history and is exceptionally beautiful.

This original oil on canvas is a piece of stunning clarity and detail. It shows a classic Scottish scene of a stream, rolling down from the mountains and into Loch Etive in Argyllshire. There are half a dozen Scottish Cattle on one bank, and trees on the other. The mountain in the middle ground, a tower of granite thrusting into the sky, contrasts with the deep liquid expanse in the foreground. It is a perfectly balanced and exquisite piece.