As this Still life of Flowers shows, Arthur Romilly Fedden was a particularly accomplished watercolourist who, although based in France, was extensively exhibited, and sold in Britain throughout his life; his work remains highly collectable. This watercolour of roses in a vase typifies the delicacy of his touch and his sensitivity of observation. The handling of the glass vase is an essay in painterly transparency and reflection.
Fedden was the son of a wealthy industrialist, born north of Bristol in 1875. He initially studied under the eccentric RA Herbert von Herkomer in Bushey before training at the prestigious Académie Julian in Paris. He lived and worked mainly in France, close to Vertheuil on the Siene, an area made famous by the Impressionist Monet. His wife was an American writer, with whom he collaborated to illustrate books. Horrified by what Feddon saw of WWI, his rejection of the establishment deepened and he devoted his time to fly fishing before his untimely death as a result of a train crash in 1939.
Dimensions (approximate): image: H:37cm, W:30cm, framed: H:58cm, W:49cm, D:3cm
Watercolour on watercolour paper
Signed and dated 1912
Framed mand glazed with cream mount