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Pink flower 15th January 2009

Posted by katephiz in 1950s, Oil, PT Phiz, Signed, Still life.
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Still life flower

Still life flower

I’m not aware that this small oil has ever had a name.  It depicts a pink flower – although I’m not certain quite what type.  The oil is painted on hardboard (the old brown stuff made of compressed wood chip) and at 9.5″ by 6″ is unusually small for one of Terry’s oils.  It is also varnished in a very shiny varnish – hence the poor quality of the image as it reflects light strongly.  It has been reframed (by the artist – or at least the frame (1990s) is newer than the picture as it is possible it had not been framed previously.

It is signed in the lower right corner but the date is also unclear.  I don’t recall it being painted and it is on hardboard so that puts and absolute upper date on it of about 1970.  My guess is 1950s rather than 19060s, but that attribution is uncertain.

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.

Artlebeck Bridge 17th December 2008

Posted by katephiz in 1990s, Caton, Landscape, PT Phiz, Signed, Watercolour.
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dsc_0137-cropped-paintThis watercolour was painted specially as a gift for Terry’s daughter-in-law on her 18th birthday and depicts Artlebeck Bridge on the boundary between Caton and Brookhouse in Lancashire.  It was never exhibited, nor hung in Terry’s studio so it has never been seen in public before.

I’ll grab some measurements and straighten the image when I can.

Little Langdale 7th December 2008

Posted by katephiz in Lake District, Landscape, Oil, PT Phiz, Signed.
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Little Langdale

Little Langdale

The vast majority of Terry’s work was intended for sale – an artist has to eat and he took great pleasure in having his work appreciated by others.  Occasionally he would conspire to hang on to a picture – without of course admitting that was what he was doing.  This oil is one of those and a paiting I therefore grew up with.  It is a very rare example of an oil of the Lake District.  Most of his paintings of the Lakes are watercolours and some pastels.

PS Apologies for the delay in adding more pictures.  As some of you know I was touring Laos.  I’m now back online.  I don’t have photo editing software at present so I’ll go back over the next batch of photos again sometime soon!  I’ll also try to retake the photo which doesn’t have light bloom.

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.

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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