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Top Masons 4th September 2008

Posted by katephiz in 1990s, Landscape, Lune, PT Phiz, Signed, Watercolour.
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Fishing Top Masons

Fishing Top Masons

This large (27″ x 21″) watercolour is perhaps the last painting of the Lune.  Unlike most watercolours of this vintage, the date and title are not written on the back of the frame but it was painted in the very late 1990s.  The actual date will be on the back of the mount.  It was exhibited once but was marked “Not for Sale” as several friends and family members had insisted on pre-emptive rights to buy it!  Until my mother left Caton after my father’ death, this painting was hung in the living room above the fireplace.
Known as Top Masons it depicts a salmon fly fisherman in the foreground fishing the Top Masons pool on the Lune near Caton.  He is clearly intending to work his way down to Masons Sway (under the willow trees).  Two other fishermen are shown in Bottom Masons, one fishing and one sat on the bank.  The artist’s point of view is round the corner just onto Railway Bank.
The painting is signed clearly in the bottom right hand corner.  The painting is presented in its orginal double mount and frame as orginally framed by my parents.
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Horse and Rider 3rd September 2008

Posted by katephiz in 1970s, Abstract, Oil, PT Phiz, Signed.
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Horse and Rider

Horse and Rider

(The photograph has too much illumination from the right.  When conditions are better, I’ll take a new photograph and replace this one.)

Horse and Rider is a large (48″ x 33″) oil from canvas from about 1970.  It is presented in its original frame of brown canvas slip inside silver gilt.  The choice of (what is a relatively expensive) frame illustrates the importance of this work, as does its size. 

There are few records of what was exhibited, when; I believe this painting was exhibited once at a Lancaster Art Group exhibition.  While hunting through Terry’s scrapbooks, I cam across a couple of pages clipped from the Radio Times.  A quick photo of one of the images is shown to the right.  It’s quite different to the oil painting itself, but an obvious question is whether this was one of the inspirations for the pianting.  (It’s worth noting that the Radio Times was printed in black and white in those days.)  So far I have not managed to find the date for the edition from which this was clipped.

St Frances Passage (watercolour) 2nd September 2008

Posted by katephiz in 1990s, Lancaster, Landscape, PT Phiz, Signed, Watercolour.
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As a principle, and despite several commssion requests to do so, Terry would never repeat the same scene so that each purchaser possessed a unique work of art. Very occasionally he believed that a scene could be reinterpreted and this is one of those rare examples.  One of his favourite paintings was an early oil painting of St Frances Passage in Lancaster.  More than 30 years later, when the area had seen significant redevelopment, he returned late in his life to capture the scene in watercolour producing another painting he considered one of his finest.   (An early girlfriend had been called Frances so the name always had memories as well.)

The painting is typical of his mid-size watercolours at about 18″ across.  It is in a private collection overseas.  NFS

(I apologise for the poor standard of this photo.  I didn’t have my trusty Nikon with me and there were reflections from the glass as well.  Sorry.  I’ll try harder!)

Lancaster from Skerton 1st September 2008

Posted by katephiz in 1950s, Lancaster, Landscape, Lune, Oil, PT Phiz, Signed.
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Lanacaster from Lune

Lanacaster from Lune

A relatively early oil painting of Lancaster from the banks of the Lune.  It is believed to date from the mid 50’s and is about 2 feet in width.  It was presented as a gift by the artist and remains in a private collection.  NFS

 

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