SALMON FISHING ON THE RIVER WYE
Signed & dated l.l. C Branwhite / 1851
Watercolour heightened with bodycolour
54 x 77 cm
Anyonymous Sale, Phillips, Solihull, 18.04.2001, Lot 73
Christopher & Rosemary Warren, Bristol
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.