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Attrib. John Robertson Reid - Fine Early 20th Century Watercolour, Venice



A very fine watercolour attributed to the Scottish painter John Robertson Reid (1851-1926), depicting fishing boats and gondolas on a Venetian canal. The artist has employed a delicate and considered technique, with a light palette and subtle reflections in the surface of the canal. This work has a striking resemblance in form and technique to other works by Reid, also depicting Venetian canals and bridges.

Handsomely presented within a titled double washline mount and an excellent bird's eye maple frame, as shown.

Unsigned. On wove.


In very good condition overall for a picture of this age. There is some even surface discolouration. There are some minor losses to the veneer of the frame to the corners, and a small patch of historic woodworm to the upper left side edge.


25.4 x 36.4cm (10" x 14.3")
Framed Size: 51.2 x 61.7cm (20.2" x 24.3")

Artist Biography

John Robertson Reid (1851–1926) was a Scottish painter who spent his early working life in Surrey, and then from the early 1880s in Cornwall in the wild south-west of England. He became the president of the Society of British Artists in 1886 and the Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers in 1898. These posts gave him an entree into London society, and from the early 1900s he made his home in London. In Reid's later years, the young Sir Winston Churchill used to paint outdoors in the company of Reid. He trained under George Chalmers and William MacTaggart. His mature style was influenced by the move in painting toward rural Naturalism (Sir George Clausen) and the French Realists (Jules Bastien-Lepage) and also owes a little to Impressionism. He first found success with natural outdoor scenes of the Surrey countryside, and was notable at the time for painting his scenes entirely on location, with the use of hired local people posing in the scene. He also painted notable rural cricket match scenes, one of which now contain details of interest to cricketing historians. This is A Country Cricket Match, painted in the grounds at the rear of The Well House, West Sussex.

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Code kn146
Artist Attrib. John Robertson Reid
Date Early 20th Century
Dimensions 25.4 x 36.4cm
Framed Yes
Medium Watercolour
Style Realism
Subject Architecture & Cityscapes
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