Thomas Creswick [1811-1869] : A Welsh waterfall (possibly the upper falls at Llugwy), 1855.


Thomas Creswick [1811-1869]
English Romantic landscape painter
A Welsh waterfall (possibly the upper falls at Llugwy), 1855
Oil on panel
8 x 6 inches [unframed]
Initialed at lower right [interlocked TC] and titled and dated at lower left : ‘T. C.’ and ‘[illegible possibly Cest[?] Gyssesig[?] / 1855’.

Marking type: Verso label.
Location: Center back.
Text: ‘A Welsh Waterfall / by Thomas Creswick R.A. / 1811-1869 / [wiggle line] Purchased for me by Green / at the Mappin Auction / Clifton Bristol, where it was / catalogued as Creswick . / Signed CT [interlocked] in bottom / right hand corner [all handwritten in pen script’.

2023 A Welsh waterfall (possibly the upper falls at Llugwy)

Good original condition.  1960s or 1970s frame.

Thomas Creswick [1811-1869] was well known for his Romantic landscape scenes reminiscent of America’s Hudson River School. The artist was known to have been painting in 1855 in Wales England in the Valley of Llugwy.

2023 ( David Smernoff, New Haven, CT & New York, NY ) ;
after 1855 Private collection of [unknown] ;
after 1855 ( Mappin Auction, London, England ) ;
after 1855 Private collection of [unknown] ;
1855 Thomas Creswick [1811-1869], the artist .

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Thomas Creswick (February 5, 1811 – December 28, 1869) was an English landscape painter and illustrator associated with the Birmingham School of landscape artists. He was born in Sheffield and was the son of Thomas Creswick and Mary Epworth. Creswick was educated at Hazelwood near Birmingham where he first began painting.

In 1827, Creswick exhibited for the first time at the Society of British Artists in London. The following year he submitted two paintings, Llyn Gwynant, Morning and Carnarvon Castle, to the Royal Academy exhibition. Around this time he settled in London. By 1836, Creswick had gained some recognition as a landscape painter. In 1842 he was elected an associate of the Royal Academy and became a full member in 1850, one of few landscape painters accorded this honor.

Creswick was known for diligently painting outdoors directly from nature. His subjects included English and Welsh streams and rivers, as well as broader British rural scenery depicted under calm, pleasurable conditions. He rendered these with elegant, grayish tones and strong technical facility. While not overly exciting, his work was consistently attractive. In addition to paintings, Creswick produced numerous illustrations for books. He was described as a genial, stocky man who declined in health in his later years.

Creswick died at his home in Bayswater in 1869. His notable paintings include England (1847), Home by the Sands (1848), Passing Showers (1849), and The Wind on Shore (1850). He collaborated with other artists such as William Powell Frith and Richard Ansdell. Creswick’s work can be found in collections including the Museums Sheffield, the Royal Museum and Art Gallery Canterbury, Derby Art Gallery, and Northampton Museum and Art Gallery.

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