WILLIAM PITT Act. 1853-90
"Old Timbered Buildings....."
Ink, pen, wash, and watercolour.
Signed with monogram and dated 1887.
24 X 18 CM.
Mounted ... not framed.
William Pitt was a Midlands painter of landscapes, particularly of views of the Cornwall and Devon. He painted quiet river and coastal landscapes in both oil and watercolour, views of scenes throughout Britain and Wales, and several scenes in Northern France and the low countries. He moved to London from 1862, to be close to the thriving art market in the capital but most of his summers were spent in the west country.
Pitt's style is crisp and fresh, showing a keen eye for the details of the village and countryside, and the accurate representation of the local folk going about their daily activities. He was particularly noted for his gift of combining the abilities of the landscape painter with those of the figure painter, and often mills, cottages, churches and castles are included within his compositions.
William Pitt exhibited extensively, over 70 of his works being accepted at the major London galleries, including at the Royal Academy, British Institution and Royal Institute. He was most popular however at the Royal Society of British Artists, where 55 of his paintings were shown over the period 1853 to 1890. He was also a prolific exhibitor at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and at the Manchester City Art Gallery. Typical examples include: "View of fishing cottages, South Devon", "View of Dinant on the Meuse, Belgium" and "Tarbett Castle, Loch Fyne". The Victoria and Albert Museum holds one of his works.