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Riverside Harbour Watercolour by Sir Walter Westley Rus
19th 20th Century Riverside Harbour Watercolour by Sir Walter Westley Russell CVO RA RWS 1867-1949. A charming watercolour sketch by this highly acclaimed artist. It depicts a harbour at the mouth of a river which leads out to sea. One can see the sand banks in the distance. In good original condition with nice colouring. Unframed within an ivory mount. Size: 20cm high by 35cm wide Russell was born in Forest Gate, Essex 1867 and studied at the Westminster School of Art under Professor Frederick Brown. He exhibited five works at the Royal Academy between 1891 and 1904, he exhibited at New English Art Club from 1893. He was a teacher and then went on to be an assistant professor at the Slade School of Fine Art between 1895 and 1927. He mainly painted landscapes within Yorkshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. He also painted portraits and genre pictures. He was one of 150 artists chosen to represent Britain at the 1912 Venice Bienniale Exhibition. During WWI he was a lieutenant in the Royal Engineers and was mentioned in dispatches. He was elected associate member of the Royal Academy on April 22nd 1920 and became a full academician February 23rd 1926. He served as keeper of the Royal Acedemy Schools from October 1927 leading the school throught a period when it was abolishing the visitor system. He retired in 1942 becoming Honorary Keeper from Michaelmas Day until the end of the year. He became a member of the Society of Painters in Watercolours in 1930 and was a trustee of the National Gallery and of the Tate Gallery. Russell was appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order 1931, he was Knighted in 1935. He married Lydia Burton 1881-1944, they had no children, he died at his home in Kensington, London in 1949.


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