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Attrib. Samuel J Birch, (1869–1955) -Early 20thC Watercolour, Verdant Valley



An early 20th Century watercolour, attributed to the English watercolourist, John Samuel "Lamorna" Birch RA RWS. The scene shows a Capability Brown style landscape with an elegant arched bridge stretching across a wide river. The artist has initialed to the lower left corner and the painting has been presented in a fluted gilt effect frame with glazing.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration. The frame has light surface scuffing and dirtying.


27 x 37cm (10.6" x 14.6")

Artist Biography

Lamorna Birch was born in Egremont, Cheshire, England. He was self-taught as an artist, except for a brief period of study at the Académie Colarossi in Paris during 1895.

Birch settled in Lamorna, Cornwall in 1892, initially lodging at nearby Boleigh Farm. Many of his most famous pictures date from this time and the beautiful Lamorna Cove is usually their subject matter. He was attracted to Cornwall by the Newlyn group of artists but he ended up starting a second group based around his adopted home of Lamorna. He married Houghton (Mouse) Emily Vivian, the daughter of a mining agent from Camborne and they lived at Flagstaff Cottage, Lamorna.

He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1893, was elected as an Associate (ARA) in 1926 and made a Royal Academician (RA) in 1934, and showed more than two hundred paintings there. He held his first one-man exhibition at the Fine Art Society in 1906 and is said to have produced more than 20,000 pictures. Like a number of his contemporaries, he was profiled as an 'Artist of Note' in The Artist magazine, by Richard Seddon, in the June 1944 edition.

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Code qr821
Artist Attrib. Samuel J Lamorna Birch, RA RWS (1869–1955)
Date Early 20th Century
Dimensions 27 x 37cm
Medium Watercolour
Style Realism
Subject Landscape
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