BOATS AT LOW TIDE, BRIGHTON (1847)
Initialled, titled & dated in pencil l.r.
Watercolour with pencil, heightened with bodycolour
30 x 50cm
This coastal view can be compared to Holland's Figures on the Beach in Lynmouth, sold at Cheffins, Cambridge, 12.09.2018, Lot 101, of the same dimensions as the present work.
James Holland came from a family of pottery designers and painters in Burslem, Staffordshire, and his earliest works were flower pieces related to this practice. James worked from the age of 12 for his family's employer, William Davenport.
He came to London in 1819, earning a living as a drawing instructor whilst continuing to paint pottery to supplement his income. He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1824. In 1831 he travelled to France, falling under the influence of the (by then) recently deceased R.P. Bonnington, whose influence can be felt particularly in Holland's work over the next decade.
In 1835, having been elected an Associate of the Old Watercolour Society, Holland made his first trip to Venice, which was to be the site of some of his finest works. He made subsequent trips to Venice; but also visited Portugal, Normandy, Paris, Holland, Genoa and Innsbruck among other locations.
He briefly resigned from the OWS to seek membership of the R.A. for his oil paintings, but swiftly resumed membership after this failed. He was also for a time a member of the Society of British Artists and exhibited at the British Institution. Many of his works were commissioned for illustrated annuals of his day, with his the views form his trips published back in England to much acclaim. He was a prolific artist and popular in his lifetime and all the more so afterwards, with no fewer than 47 public institutions in the U.K. holding works by him.