I have always loved the work of this artist. John Clayton Adams (1840-1906) first studied at the Slade School of Fine Art when the school was just recently opened in the 1870s. The School, now part of University College London, has long been world-renowned as a top art and design educational institution. He moved to the pretty area of Surrey, south of London, as many artists did then, to be inspired by the area’s beauty. Although most of his landscapes reflect this area, he did paint a number of Scottish works featuring the River Tweed. Adams exhibited 75 pictures at the Royal Academy, 25 at the Royal Society of British Artists, and more at London’s Grosvenor Gallery and other prestigious venues. Christopher Wood, in his iconic reference, “The Dictionary of Victorian Painters,” writes that “Adams is one of the most individual and least recognized of the late Victorian landscape painters.” Wood choose to illustrate in his book a painting that can be seen at the Victoria and Albert Museum entitled “The Evening Sun—View on Ewhurst Hill, near Guildford.” (Adams lived for some time in the village of Ewhurst.) Prices at auction for his works have sometimes reached nearly $40,000. The talent of this artist lies in his ability to bring the beauty of the landscape to his canvas through his broad technique, use of rich color and sensitive handling of light. Like other brilliant artists in his day, Adams produced pleasantly naturalistic landscapes, true in their detail but somewhat generalized. Nevertheless, this artist inspires strong feelings about his landscapes. He imparts to his viewers not only the beauty that he finds, but also a certain mystical quality that one would be hard pressed to find in today’s southern London suburban scene. This landscape displays all of his talents in bringing the naturalness and quiet country feeling of what he observed and felt to the viewer. I have never had a landscape by Adams that I didn’t immediately love. There is a tender beauty to this piece that defies description. The painting is housed in a traditional Victorian wood and gesso frame. Although not original to the painting, it suits it well and adds a touch of elegance to this fine piece. Directly along the bottom on the left-hand side is his usual signature: “J. CLAYTON ADAMS.” I have had the painting professionally cleaned and restored so it is in ready-to-hang condition. This large landscape measures 35-3/4 inches wide by 25-3/4 inches high, including the frame.Domestic: Flat-rate of $145.00 to anywhere within the contiguous U.S.International: Foreign shipping rates are determined by destination.Location: This item ships from Michigan
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