English ( b.1860 - d.1939 )
|Image size||9.3 inches x 13 inches ( 23.5cm x 33cm )|
|Frame size||17.9 inches x 20.1 inches ( 43.5cm x 51cm )|
Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art; this original watercolour painting by Frederick William Scarbrough.
The work is presented and supplied in a frame from the 1960s or 1970s (which is shown in these photographs) and behind glass.
This antique painting is in very good condition, commensurate with its age. It wants for nothing and is supplied ready to hang and display.
The painting is signed lower right.
Frederick William Scarbrough (sometimes spelt Scarborough), who liked to be known as Frank, was a coastal and landscape painter who worked mainly in watercolours. Scarborough is best known for his wonderful sea scenes, painted along the east coast of Britain from Scotland to Whitby and East Anglia. He is also well known for his atmospheric paintings of the busy shipping in the pool of London around 1908. Scarborough exhibited his works between 1890 and 1939.
Frederick Scarbrough was one of the group of Edwardian artists that included Charles Dixon, William Lionel Wyllie and Charles Napier Hemy. His work is impressionistic in style than most of his contemporaries though, and he often painted in the late afternoon or early morning in order to capture the soft quality of light and the different reflections on the water. His work was influenced by Albert Marquet and Camille Pissarro.
Frederick was born in Boothby Pagnell in Lincolnshire. He was the younger son of James Scarborough, a farmer, and his wife Eleanor. Scarbrough had his first studio in Ayr where he lived for some years. He then lived for a while in London before settling in Folkingham, Lincolnshire in 1908, then Grantham, Linc 1931. He married for the first time in 1937 at the age of 73, to Clara Hope Heal, the widow of a local inn keeper. When Scarbrough died, he left just £113 in his will, never benefitting financially from his work, which many years later commands consistently high prices.
This original watercolour by Frederick William Scarbrough depicts several fishing boats in a bay outside Whitby harbour on the north east coast of England. It is interesting that the one in the foreground is from the Kingdom of Fife in Scotland, an area which Scarbrough was also familiar with. The vessel coming in to tie up on the left of the painting is a Whitby registered boat. There are half a dozen figures on the vessels, and it is likely to be the end of a fishing trip as most of the sails on the vessels are down. The mood is one of reflection rather than frenzied activity. There are other vessels in the background, cottages on the shoreline to the right of the bay, bathed in the glow of later afternoon sunshine, and in the distance, there is the pale outline of the Whitby lighthouse at the end of the breakwater. Rocky cliffs rise to meet the sky behind the cottages. The sea is calm, with the gentle lapping of waves and the sky is pale blue, streaked with white clouds.