DOVER BEACH & PIER, WITH A DISTANT VIEW OF THE
WEST ASPECT OF THE CASTLE
Bears inscription verso Joseph Farrington R.A.
Watercolour with pen & ink
18 x 29 cm
The Worthing draughtsman has been named after the South Coast resort where he seems to have worked most often; but so far he has defied further identification. Approximately forty of his drawings have been recorded, dating from 1809 to 1832, and depicting views not only in and around Worthing, but also of other areas on the south coast, including Suffolk, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Kent, Oxfordshire, the Midland counties, North Wales and elsewhere. He often drew country houses including Wroxton Abbey, Mote Park, Compton Verney, Packington and Hampton Lucy which suggests that he was on good terms with their owners. In the words of Martin Hardie "the attractiveness of his work is founded upon his unusually direct and simple vision, the almost naive originality of his design sense, his velvety soft monochrome washes, and the sharp brilliance of his colour" (1)
(1) Martin Hardie, Water-colour Painting in Britain, Vol.III (London, 1968), p.267