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The Rocks 21st December 2008

Posted by katephiz in 1990s, Caton, Landscape, Lune, PT Phiz, Signed, Watercolour.
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The Rocks at the Crook o'Lune

The Rocks at the Crook o'Lune

This is a relatively late (c. 2000) full size watercolour of the rocks at the apex of the bend of the Lune at the Crook o’Lune near Caton, viewed lookng upstream.   Although quite late, Terry had long wanted to do a watercolour of this scene (I believe there was an earlier oil painting – but I may be wrong), but struggled to find a water level that was exactly what he wanted. I’ve been unable to inspect the back of the picture for a name but in discussions my father always referred to it as “The Rocks”.

Like in so many of his watercolours, the trees are wearing their autumn colours.

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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.

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

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.

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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