English ( b.1871 – d.1931 )
|Image size||10,8 inches x 20.5 inches ( 27.5cm x 52cm )|
|Frame size||17.5 inches x 27.2 inches ( 44.5cm x 69cm )|
Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art; this original painting by Edgar Woollatt dates from around 1910.
The watercolour is presented and supplied in a sympathetic and contrasting contemporary frame to suit the subject colouration (which is shown in these photographs) and behind non-reflective Tru Vue UltraVue® UV70 glass.
This antique piece is in superb condition. It wants for nothing and is supplied ready to hang and display.
The watercolour is signed lower left.
Edgar Woollatt was a successful landscape and figure painter, illustrator and designer. He was born in Radford, Nottingham on 8 February 1871, the son of William Woollatt, a Lace Designer. He studied at the Nottingham School of Art.
For many years Woollatt was a well-known watercolourist and at one time produced a considerable amount of commercial art for advertising and publishers. He became elected a full member of the Nottingham Society of Artists in 1908 and became its Vice President in 1929. He was also a member of the London Sketch Club.
Woollatt lived on Woodborough Road and had a studio on Newcastle Drive in The Park, Nottingham. He was a regular exhibitor in Nottingham and throughout the East Midlands. He had several works exhibited at the Royal Academy. One of these, entitled ‘Stirling Castle’ was purchased by the Nottingham Castle Art Gallery and forms part of its permanent collection.
Woollatt enjoyed playing tennis and golf and was a member of the local Reform Club. He died suddenly in his Studio in 1931 at the age of 60.
This charming original watercolour painting depicts the scene outside the building known as the Round House which used to stand on Clifton Lane in the Wilford district of Nottingham. The creamy stone walls of the building and its ornate windows give a glimpse of its quirky character. There is heavy foliage around the property and the house itself is perfectly framed between the branches of two large trees. In front of the Round House is a Romany gypsy traveller horse drawn caravan, perched on tall wooden wheels, and two figures, apparently engaged in conversation. There are half a dozen hens roaming freely on the grass verge. The painting is executed with a light, delicate touch and provides a reminder of life at the turn of the twentieth century. The palette suggests this is late summer.
The Round House was a picturesque little semi-circular castle, complete with battlements. It stood in the east bank of the river Trent, near to Fairham Brook. It was surrounded by apple trees, gooseberry bushes and raspberry canes. It served as a focal point for picnics and as a place for children to play. On summer evenings local people would buy a tea of eggs, bread, butter and fruit and eat it in the Round House grounds. The Round House was demolished in the 1960s.