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Michael Crawley - 20th Century Watercolour, Pool of London

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A fine and meticulously detailed watercolour riverscape by the 20th Century British artist Michael Crawley. The scene depicts the Pool of London on the River Thames, with a variety of vessels including sailing ships, rowing boats and steamboats. The 'pool' is a specific part of the Thames, which was navigable by tall-masted vessels from overseas. After the introduction of shipping containers in the 1960's, it's use declined and the wharves were demolished. This suggests this watercolour is c.1950 or earlier.

Crawley has a fine grasp of the medium, with subtle changes in palette portraying a late afternoon light, and the delicate layering of compositional elements, in order to build a sense of substantial depth. Colour is used by the artist in both line form and wash.

Well-presented in a narrow light wood frame, as shown, and inscribed to the reverse 'Pool of London'.

Signed and incsribed on the reverse. On wove.

Condition

In fine condition overall, with only slight surface discolouration, expected for a picture of this age. The frame has some minor scuffing.

Size

31.9 x 48.4cm (12.6" x 19.1")
Framed Size: 36.7 x 53.4cm (14.4" x 21")

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Artist Biography

Michael Crawley is a well-documented 20th Century artist, known for working for 'Royal Crown Derby'. His designs have appeared frequently on their products. He is one of the artists who have been noted for their work in the Derby Porcelain International Society. He often used his own landscapes and flower paintings as designs on porcelain. During his time at Royal Crown Derby, he was responsible for decorating a series of dinner plates and a cream jug presented to HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother on the occasion of her visit to the Royal Crown Derby factory in 1971.

Location

London, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom

More Information
Code kk780
Artist Michael Crawley
Date 20th Century
Dimensions 31.9 x 48.4cm
Framed Yes
Medium Watercolour
Style Realism
Subject Seascape & Coastal
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