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Jowett, Percy Hague
RWS, NEAC, NS, ARCA (English)
1882 - 1955

Haystooks, watercolor, signed l/r,
12.5" x 16" unframed. (English cottage and garden, verso.)

About the Painting: Excellent condition. The colors are muted, as was the artist's style. An extensive pictorial article was devoted to Jowett in an edition of Studio, and I've had an example of his work hanging in my bedroom for about 35 years. This is a two-sided painting - the subject verso is an English cottage and garden (see image below). A nice British Modern painting probably executed in 1911 (the numeral 11 appears below the signature); an early example of the artist's work.

About the Artist:
(1) Painter in water-colour and oil of landscapes and interiors. Born at Halifax in Yorkshire on 1st June 1882. Studied at Leeds College of Art, at the R.C.A., where he received his diploma in 1907, and in Italy. Exhibited at the R.A., R.W.S., R.W.A., N.E.A.C., the provinces and abroad. One-man shows held at St. George's Gallery in 1923, 1925, 1927 and 1929. Represented in many public collections. Elected a member of the N.E.A.C. 1929, A.R.W.S. 1936, R.W.S. 1938. He was Principal of the Central School of Arts and Crafts 1930-35 and of the R.C.A. 1935-48. Lived in London and died on 4th March 1955.

(2) Percy Hague Jowett was a painter especially of landscapes in watercolour, and a teacher who in 1912 married Enid Ledward, sister of Gilbert Ledward the sculptor. He was born in Halifax, Yorkshire, and studied at Leeds and Royal Colleges of Art, latterly under Gerald Moira, winning the Prix de Rome, which took him to Italy. He taught first at Beckenham School of Art and after World War I service in the Army returned there. He was also principal at Chelsea, the Central School of Arts and Crafts, 1930-5, then the Royal College of Art, 1935-48, where he was influential, making shrewd appointments such as Henry Moore and Gilbert Spencer. Exhibited at RA, RWS, NEAC, Redfern Gallery, Fine Art Society and had a series of solo shows at St George’s Gallery in the 1920s. His work is in many British and overseas galleries. Jowett’s watercolour Boats, illustrated in Percy V Bradshaw’s book Watercolour, is typical of the artist’s loose and fresh style. Lived in London. Michael Parkin Gallery had a show of his work in 1995

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