Suddaby, Rowland: Upper Wharfedale
A superb oil on canvas by this increasingly collected artist, a strong composition with a lovely sense of perspective. The painting has just been professionally cleaned to emphasise its gentle palette and highlight the detailing in the foreground; it is signed and inscribed ’48.
Upper Wharfedale consists of the northern end of Wharfedale and Langstrothdale, and lies in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It consists of three parishes: Kilnsey with Conistone; Kettlewell with Starbotton and Buckden.
Artist: Rowland Suddaby, (1912-1973)
Title and date: Upper Wharfedale, 1948
Size: 50.0 x 60.0 cms.
A significantly undervalued artist, Rowland Suddaby was born in Kimberworth, Yorkshire and studied at the Sheffield College of Art from 1926; his first show was at the Wertheim Gallery in London in 1935. There followed a series of shows from 1936 at the Redfern Gallery. He painted vigorous and atmospheric pictures in oils and watercolours in London and Cornwall in the mid to late 1930s but after the outbreak of war, he and his family Suddaby moved to the Suffolk countryside near Sudbury.
The landscape and coastline of East Anglia provided the inspiration for the evocative pictures for which he is best known although he also continued his still life painting which is now highly collectable. In the early 1960s, Suddaby became interested in abstraction using watercolour and gouache, and which are typically unsigned. Suddaby’s work is included in, for example, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Government Art Collection.