Arthur Billyeald watercolour 1895/6

Watercolour, beautiful composition, dated 1895 or 1896, by Arthur Billyeald, a listed artist who lived in Catford Bridge in south London.

In my opinion the thing that makes this painting so good, and which sets it apart from thousands of predictable “look at this pretty cottage” paintings, is that here there is absolutely no centre of attention: instead the eyes explore back and forth and up and down along the line of cottages, it’s just like being there.

I’m planning to keep this painting for my private collection, however serious offers will be considered.

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