PISTYLL RHAEDR FAU LLANDRAEDR YM MOCHANT CLWYD, NORTH WALES
Initialled l.r. CB
Watercolour with bodycolour on brown paper
35.5 x 24.5 cm
Charles Branwhite was the son of Nathan Cooper Branwhite, a miniaturist and watercolour portraitist, and was in turn the father of Charles Brooke Branwhite, a landscape artist who worked mainly in oils. Charles studied under his father and latterly under William James Muller, who was to be his primary artistic influence.
At first he pursued a career as a sculptor and medallist (winning medals and acclaim for the latter); but he turned to landscape painting in the 1830's as a result of his teacher Muller's influence. He was Bristol-based for all of his life, was a close friend of Samuel Phillips Jackson (whose father was also an artist and a pillar of the ‘Bristol School’) and was familiar with Francis Danby and his works. Like his local peers Branwhite was a prolific sketcher who made trips all over England, sometimes in the company of his teacher Muller. His works are characterised by their strong use of white bodycolour.