Bradford on avon
Painting / watercolour
Near Bradford-on-avon, Wilts
1910s / 1917 / 1917 (?)
fine art / environment / agriculture
Painting, watercolour on paper laid down on card and set within an unglazed gilt wooden frame, 'Near Bradford-on-Avon, Wilts', Wiltshire, painted by William Herbert Allen, of Farnham, Surrey, about 1917?.
In the foreground is a pond populated with weed and reeds; to the right are a group of trees, some over hanging the water and to the left a fence around the water's edge; beyond and on the far side of the pond are cattle grazing in a field; hills and woodland are seen beyond.
During the First World War, William Herbert and Adelaide purchased a small weaver's cottage at Tory, Bradford-on-Avon; this and the surrounding cottages were built on a steep incline, arranged in terraces and set directly into the rock face; though Allen loved this haven his wife had other feelings - his great niece, Claude Allen noted that it was 'detested by his spouse, as she many times complained that she had to spend hours as soon as they had arrived there, mopping down the back walls, set into the cliff, always streaming with damp - and she bitterly commiserated with the weaver's wives' lot in the past'; undeterred, Allen often visited Bradford and painted many views of the town and surrounding countryside.
Throughout his career he exhibited such scenes at the Royal Society, respectively in 1928, 1931, 1936 and 1937.
Object number: HMCMS:ACM1943.346.2
Farnham, Surrey, England, Surrey, Farnham (?)
artist: W H AllenW H Allen
society: Royal Society of British Artists
Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, England, Wiltshire, Bradford-on-Avon