Framed 1950s watercolour 'Old Elm in Dallam Park' by Peggy Smith
Framed watercolour painting entitled 'Old Elm in Dallam Park' by Peggy Smith, signed and dated March 13th 1956.
Dallam Park is the grounds of Dallam Tower, a house dating back to the 17th century, but remodelled in the 18th and 19th centuries, which is situated near Milnthorpe, south of Kendal in the southern Lake District. The River Bela runs through the grounds and can be seen in the watercolour, and the estate borders on the shores of Morecambe Bay. It would appear the Elm Tree pictured here has now disappeared, probably a victim of Dutch Elm Disease which wiped out most of the native Elms in the 1970s and 1980s, but the park has several ancient small-leaved lime trees.
Nothing has so far been discovered about Peggy Smith, but it appears she was a competent amateur artist who captured the landscape and trees with a deftness of technique, adding hightlights of gouache in white for the seagulls and river. The mount and frame are both contemporary and may have been made by the artist - the washline on the mount seems to be by an amateur hand and the quality of the mount, the paper and the wood of the frame all indicate a continuing sparsity of materials hanging over from the wartime rationing (some of which continued well into the 1950s).
- Visible image size approx. 24.4cm x 29cm
- Frame dimensions approx. 41.2cm x 49.5cm