English ( b.1853 - d.1901 )
|Image size||12 inches x 17.3 inches ( 30.5cm x 44cm )|
|Frame size||15.4 inches x 24.8 inches ( 39cm x 63cm )|
Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art; this original painting by Claude Stanfield Moore dates from around the 1880s.
The watercolour is presented and supplied in a sympathetic frame (which is shown in these photographs) and mount behind glass dating from about the 1980s.
Claude Thomas Stanfield Moore is the best-known artist from the Moore family, of Nottingham, where Claude was born on 1st June 1853. Claude initially earned his living as a lithographic draftsman but from the age of about 27 he was able to support himself and then worked exclusively as an artist. Within a few years he was exhibiting his works at the Nottingham Castle Art Gallery – where he exhibited some 80 works in all- and several of his works still form part of the permanent collection there.
Claude’s father was Thomas Cooper Moore, (1827-1901), an architect and artist and a founder member of the Nottingham Society of Artists. He encouraged his sons to paint and Claude’s brother Reuben Arthur also became an accomplished artist.
Claude was a prolific artist, but one who managed the rare feat of maintaining a consistently high standard, particularly in the detail of his work. He captured many rural and city scenes in a landscape that was changing rapidly. He worked from a studio in Nottingham, capturing local scenes, around Nottingham and Derby, but he also travelled widely.
He is perhaps best known for his impressive marine scenes, painted from most of the major ports of his day, and majestic views of the Thames in and around London. His works include a number of yacht racing and rowing scenes. He exhibited in Suffolk Street in 1882.
His marine work often has dramatic lighting and was said to have been influenced by the Nottingham artist Henry Dawson and J.M.W. Turner. Moore was a versatile artist and worked in both watercolours and oils, as well as producing many detailed line drawings.
Claude died prematurely, only shortly after his father, on 2nd April 1901 at the age of just 47.
This is a piece of history indeed, a view of Nottingham Castle and surroundings painted in the Victorian era. There has been a castle in this location since the Middle Ages. The Castle stands proud upon its sandstone cliff, known as Castle Rock, overlooking the city below, where we see the factories and chimneys of the industrial revolution. At the foot of the cliff there are a cluster of buildings, many of which are still there today. One of these is Ye Old Trip to Jerusalem, which claims to be the oldest pub in England. Castle Rock is home to a network of ancient caves, an intrinsic part of the city’s history. To the left of the scene we see the early grand houses of the exclusive area known as The Park Estate. In the foreground there are meadows with a path running through, and figures walking, in the dress of the day. The palette is subdued and pleasing.