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William Howard Yorke IOM (1847-1921) - 1919 Watercolour, The River Selby



A delicate and charming early 20th Century watercolour by the listed artist William Howard Yorke IOM (1847-1921). The study depicts the River Selby which lies on the tidal River Ouse in a natural area of Yorkshire known as the Humberhead Levels. William Howard Yorke was a member of the Isle of Man Arts Council.

Well presented in a washline card mount and a gilt effect wood frame, as shown. Signed in the lower left hand corner. Inscribed on reverse. Framing information label on reverse.

Signed. On watercolour paper.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration and minor foxing particularly on the mount. The frame contains some very minor scuffed edges.


12 x 19.1cm (4.7" x 7.5")
Framed Size: 30.1 x 37.3cm (11.9" x 14.7")

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Artist Biography

Artist, born in St. John, Brunswick, Canada. A painter primarily of ship and maritime scenesw he was taught by his father William Gay York(e)(1817-c.1886.) He was based in Liverpool having left Canada with his parents circa 1855 and he exhibited at Walker Art Gallery. His middle name is often misspelt as Hord or even Hoard and his last name sometimes has the letter ‘e’.

Examples of his paintings are in the collections of the Manx Museum, National Library of Wales, NMW, National Museums Liverpool, the National Maritime Museum, Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management, New Brunswick, Canada,Mystic Seaport, Connecticut, USA, Peabody Museum of Salem, Massachusetts, the San Francisco Maritime Museum, Maritime Museum, Troense, Denmark and in the Museo Maritimo, Barcelona, Spain.


Unit 1, Ousegate Mills, Ousegate, Selby, North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, YO8 4NJ

More Information
Code kq489
Artist William Howard Yorke IOM (1847-1921)
Date 1919
Dimensions 12 x 19.1cm
Framed Yes
Medium Watercolour
Style Realism
Subject Landscape
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