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William Eyre (1891-1979) - Signed and Framed Oil, Loch Ryan, Galloway

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A stunning loch scene in Eyre's distinctive painterly style. There is much more freedom to the brushstroke in this piece. The paint has been applied in thick rapid movements reaching a subtle impasto to the sky area. This draws the viewers eye to a complex mesh of summer pinks and peach colours, perfectly capturing the tranquil atmosphere of Loch Ryan. Eyre's often uses clouds as a compositional focal point in his work. His deep connection with the natural world allows him to visualise the hidden tensions present in landscape. An emphasis on the reflective backdrop allows for a panoramic, Turner-esque interpretation of the Scottish coast. Beautifully presented in a gilt frame with ribbon detail and beading, with a painted white slip.

Provenance: no. 20 in the James Harvey British Art exhibition catalogue.

Signed and incsribed on the reverse. On board.


In fine condition.


42.7 x 57.6cm (16.8" x 22.7")
Framed Size: 58.7 x 74.2cm (23.1" x 29.2")

Collection Information

Provenance: Many of the works in this collection were exhibited at the exhibition 'William Eyre: A Gentleman's Travels' by James Harvey at Mallett's, Chelsea, November 2008.

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Artist Biography

William Eyre (1891-1979) was a landscape painter of extraordinary talent who exhibited at the Croydon Art Society for the best part of twenty years, with the likes of Hesketh Hubbard, PRBA, ROI, FSA, Jack Merriott, RI, William Watkins, RI, William Fryer and Cicely Mary Barker.


In 1971, Eyre moved to North Wales where he remained for the rest of his life, however he still regularly contributed to the Croydon Art Society’s exhibitions, although he no longer put his works up for sale. His works record the myriad of places that he visited, not only in England but on the Continent, and cover all seasons, but it was the sublime landscapes of Northern Wales that proved to be his final and most haunting inspiration; he died there in 1979.


Eyre’s works show considerable skill in the handling of both oil and watercolour, two very different mediums, and his landscapes have even been likened to Whistler. His confidence, sense of drama and simplicity of technique has also drawn comparisons with Cotman and there is a clear link to be made with the work of Edward Seago, seen in the soft play of light across Eyre's coastal landscapes.


Our collection of watercolours and oils by Eyre includes stunning views of the artist’s beloved Welsh landscape, including Deganwy and Mawddasch Estuary. Other locations featured include Ludlow in Shropshire, Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight, Woodbridge in Suffolk, Roundstone in Ireland, Windsor and many others. Most of the works are signed by the artist and titled and dated to the reverse. Many of these works were also exhibited at a special exhibition in November 2008 entitled 'William Eyre: A Gentleman's Travels' which was hosted by James Harvey British Art at Malletts in Chelsea.



Loch Ryan, United Kingdom

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Code kj198
Artist William Eyre (1891-1979)
Date Mid 20th Century
Dimensions 42.7 x 57.6cm
Medium Oil
Style Expressionism
Subject Seascape & Coastal
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