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Vintage Watercolour by Isabel Castle Late 20th Century

Vintage Watercolour by Isabel Castle Late 20th Century Sold
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This is a lovely antique watercolour of an oast house in Kent, England by Isabel Castle with the artist's signature in the bottom left corner, dating from the last quarter of the 20th century. 

The painting depicts the Kent landscape with a farmer, horse and cart in front of an oast house. An oastoast house or hop kiln is a building designed for kilning (drying) hops as part of the brewing process. They can be found in most hop-growing (and former hop-growing) areas and are often good examples of vernacular architecture. Many redundant oasts have been converted into houses.

There is  a paper label on the verso which reads:  

Original Watercolour
By Isabel Castle
36 Kenley Walk
Cheam, Surrey SM3 8ES

Condition:

In very good original and untouched condition  - please see photos for confirmation.
 

Dimensions in cm:

Height 25 x Width 30 x Depth 2

Dimensions in inches:

Height 10 inches x Width 1 foot x Depth 1 inch

Isabel Castle Isabel was born in Portsmouth in 1930. Her father was a very good amateur artist, but never had the opportunity to take advantage of his talent, but when she was little he encouraged her to draw and paint.

When she was 17 years old her parents sent her to Portsmouth Art School where she did a two year introductory course, before studying Commercial Art. Years later when she lived in Surrey she started drawing and painting as a pleasant pastime, and eventually having successfully exhibited her works locally, she was invited to join The Croydon Art Society. Since then Isabel's work has been shown in London, USA, Italy, as well as in many local galleries.

Her paintings have been in great demand over the years and she was invited to appear on television and was interviewed on TV twice to talk about her work. She was invited to do more television work but felt that she would not be able to bear the stress.

Isabel is known for her watercolour paintings of the countryside, mainly Kent. However she also likes to paint semi-abstract works in oils and acrylics.

Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)

was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.

While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.

Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.

The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).

Satinwood

is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.

The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.

It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.

Our reference: 06758