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William Eyre (1891-1979) - Signed and Framed Watercolour, Canal Scene, Venice

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A stunning Venetian river scene in Eyre's distinctive painterly style. The watercolour medium is enacted with a comparatively diluted texture in this Venetian study. This allows Eyre's to capture the reflective river and surrounding street scenes with a watery, rather ambiguous ambience. This is a fine example of Eyre's ability to take elements from public characterisations of the space and enact this directly onto paper. An ability to represent sensation within a landscape or street scene is what really separates Eyre's work from his contemporaries. Ever concerned with the modern, Eyre's awareness of art historical conventions resonate beautifully in his depiction of this historically important city. Titled 'Canal Scene, Venice with Chiesa dei Gesuiti'. Impressively presented in a cream mount and modern gilt frame.

Provenance: no. 5 in the James Harvey British Art exhibition catalogue.

Signed. On wove.


There are some light scuff marks to the frame. Overall the appearance is very good.


36 x 52.8cm (14.2" x 20.8")
Framed Size: 53 x 69.7cm (20.9" x 27.4")

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.



Venice, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Veneto, Italy

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Code kj196
Artist William Eyre (1891-1979)
Date Mid 20th Century
Dimensions 36 x 52.8cm
Medium Watercolour
Style Impressionism
Subject Architecture & Cityscapes
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