1871 – 1927
Title: “Peaceful Moments”
Date: circa 1895
Size: Height 29 inches Width 41 inches (framed)
Ernest Walbourn was a much-admired English Victorian painter who specialised in wonderful renditions of the English countryside. Walbourn was born in Middlesex in 1871. His father initially wanted him to become an architect, but soon relented and converted the shed at the bottom of the family’s garden into a studio for his son. Walbourn married Eva Knight who was to provide both help and encouragement in his career and who was also an artist.
In 1895 Walbourn began exhibiting at the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Society of Artist in Birmingham, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and Manchester City Art Gallery.
Walbourn’s work was in the classic tradition of Victorian landscape painting and earned him considerable admiration within his lifetime. He painted almost exclusively in oils and even his preparatory sketches were in this medium, such was his skill. His subjects were taken from the English countryside which he knew so well, and in particular from the Southern Counties, Wales and the West Country.
As can be seen from this important example of his work, the landscape speaks for itself, rendered with admiration for all that is beautiful and above all the treatment of light is superb. This painting is presented in excellent condition and is signed by the artist.