The River Wye at Builth Wells, Powys, Wales

Beatrice Pauline Hewitt

Unknown nationality ( b.1873 - d.1956 )

The River Wye at Builth Wells, Powys, Wales

  • Oil on panel
  • Signed lower left

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Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art; this original painting by Pauline Hewitt dates from 1936 or before.
The painting is presented and supplied in a sympathetic contemporary frame, behind glass and mounted using conservation materials along with the original back board.

Pauline Hewitt was a landscape and portrait painter. She studied at the Slade School of Fine Art under Augustus John and Sir William Orpen, and then in Paris.

She visited St. Ives in Cornwall for a holiday in 1912 and liked it so much that she stayed there until 1954, although she frequently travelled. She set up at St. Peter’s Studio and became part of the artists’ colony of St. Ives. She has been described as one of its stalwarts, having lived there for over forty years during which she steadily produced admirable works. It is thought that she is the same Pauline Hewitt who also produced hand wrought pewter work in Newlyn in 1928.

She exhibited works in London, including at the Royal Academy and the British Institution and also taught painting herself.

In her last years she moved to be near her son and she died in Surrey in 1956.

This original oil on panel shows the River Wye as it flows by Builth Wells. The River Wye is the fifth longest river in the UK, with its source in the Cambrian Mountains and its exit to the sea in the Severn Estuary. Stretches of the river form the geographical and political boundary between Wales and England. The small town of Builth Wells lies in the Wye Valley, is in the county of Powys, within the historic boundaries of Brecknockshire. The image shows a winter scene, with snow on the banks of the river, and on the mountains in the background. The buildings are few and far between, made out in rough shapes only, as if to emphasise their relative insignificance in the larger landscape, where nature is most definitely reigning supreme. The palette is of icy blues, and rich browns, and the sky above is pale blue with a few light white clouds. The overall impression is bright and bold, clean and clear.