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Mum 7th October 2008

Posted by katephiz in 1950s, Family, Portrait, Sketch, Unsigned, Watercolour.
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Mum

Mum

This picture is a small sketch of Terry’s mother: it’s labelled simply, “Mum” in his portfolio, but is not signed.  Never exhibited, or even mounted, this is a private watercolour by the artist which he saved in a bound portfolio.  It’s relatively small no more than about 6″ across.  It probably dates from about 1953.  All the indications are that it was painted casually at home and was not a posed portrait.

Lawson Wood Corner 7th October 2008

Posted by katephiz in 1960s, Caton, Landscape, Lune, PT Phiz, Signed, Watercolour.
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This photo shows a watercolour of Lawson Wood Corner, looking down towards Pipetrack.  The fishing hut which is the subject of Lawson Wood Hut (or rather it’s predecessor which was destroyed by spate) is shown under the tree on the left.  The sky is a classic Terry sky of sun streaming through dark clouds.  Combined with the water, this is a particularly fine example of Terry’s work.  At about 20″ x 14″ it’s a typical watercolour size about.

The photo has been kindly supplied by the painting’s current owner whose uncle Eddie Houghton bought it from my father.  I actually remember Eddie as a fine old gentleman and a great fisherman.  Eddie and my father often used to fish together.  It is suspected that the painting dates from the late 60s, or possibly early 70s.

Horse and Rider – muse? 7th October 2008

Posted by katephiz in Miscellaneous.
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I’ve gone back and edited the article for Horse and Rider to add a clip from the Radio Times which may have been one of the inspirations for the painting.  As well as publishing an archive of Terry’s work, the aim of this site is to offer some of the background to paintings where I can.

Lawson Wood Hut 7th October 2008

Posted by katephiz in 1990s, Landscape, Lune, PT Phiz, Signed, Watercolour.
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This watercolour of Lawson Wood is still in its original mount and frame but the image has been cropped to allow the painting itself to take all the available space. The visible area inside the mount is about 19″ by just under 15″. 

The artist’s orginal label is on the backing board: there should also be a label on the picture itself but this hasn’t been checked.  Whenever Terry talked about it, he referred to it as “Lason Wood Hut” but it’s formal name on the back label is “FISHING HUT, CATON”. It is dated 1998 on the back label and signed on the front – look for the signature in the image in the grass at the bottom right.

The scene is one the artist had painted before. He was often asked to paint it again but refused to do so, only returning late in his career when he felt he had a new perspective to offer. The scene had also changed somwhat as the original hut had been badly damaged in a flood and replaced by the one shown in this picture. Eventually, I’ll add a page on fishing the Lune for those interested. I don’t believe the fisherman shown are specific individuals but are an impression of fishermen moving about the hut and river.  The bridge in the background is the Pipetrack Bridge which carries the Manhester Thirlmere aqueduct over the Lune.

The scene has changed over the years and, as this older photo shows, there used to be two trees rather than one. lune-lawson-wood-hut002_r1

Office Block 6th October 2008

Posted by katephiz in 1950s, Architecture, College, Pencil, Unsigned.
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Office Block
Office Block

This pencil drawing is a loose leaf portfolio page, probably dating from the early 50’s and produced as a study for college.  The location is unknown but is probably London.

As soon as I get some sun, I’ll replace the photo as it looks somewhat drab in this image.  It’s actually quite crisp and has a certain stark attractiveness to it in reality