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Attrib. Ernest Walbourn (1872-1927) - Early 20th Century Oil, A Lover's Goodbye



A poignant early 20th century oil attributed to the English artist Ernest Walbourn. Here the artist has captured the moments before a soldier leaves for France during World War I. His regiment can be seen marching down the street while he trails behind, giving one last kiss to his sweetheart, possibly never to return home. An elderly gentleman with a walking stick looks on from the corner of the composition. Attributed to Walbourn due to the similarities stylistically and a label on the reverse (now lost) that gave his name. There is a small illegible signature to the lower left. Well presented in a substantial gilt frame with beading detail. On canvas on stretchers.


The painting could benefit from some restoration, there is extensive craqueleure and discolouration. With areas of paint loss to the centre of the composition. There are existing areas of restoration, with closed tears and minor areas of overpainting to various areas of the canvas. Noticeably to upper right. Minor marks to the frame.


40 x 60cm (15.7" x 23.6")
Framed Size: 58 x 79cm (22.8" x 31.1")

Artist Biography

Ernest Charles Walbourn (1872-1927) was a British landscape painter of rural and farming scenes. He was the second of five children and was educated locally. His father, who owned property in Tasmania/Australia, initially disapproved of his artistic ambitions, but later helped with the setting up of a studio at the family home and the funding of his art training. In 1895 he settled in Chingford, Essex and began exhibiting at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. From 1897 his paintings were exhibited at the Royal Academy and at the Royal Society of British Artists. His works were well received, many being sold through the London art dealers, W. W. Sampson & Louis Wolfe. In 1906, he married Eva Gardner Knight who assisted by painting the backgrounds of some of his larger works, later achieving recognition in her own right.

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Code km490
Artist Attrib. Ernest Walbourn (1872-1927)
Date Early 20th Century
Dimensions 40 x 60cm
Framed Yes
Medium Oil
Style Realism
Subject Architecture & Cityscapes
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