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WALTER JAMES WEST 1920s watercolour "Cotswolds or Cornish street scene"
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Blackburn, United Kingdom

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Self-Representing Artist?: No Medium: Watercolour
Original/ Repro: Original Style: Realism
Subject: Landscape/ Cityscape Date of Creation: 1900-1949

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We are lucky enough to offer for sale over the next few weeks up to 120 stunning quality, collection of Edwardian English landscapes and coastal scenes (some upto two feet long!!), all by the very well known and well collected Birmingham artist and art teacher WALTER JAMES WEST (see provenance below) and a large collection of his works have have only just appeared on the open market for the first time in over 70 years !!

This watercolour depicts a view of a street scene in possibly the Cotswolds or in Cornwall and is 1 of 5 West watercolours which we are offering for sale on ebay this week (inc a very large one).  

The watercolour is sold unframed.

PROVENANCE - Originally purchased from a large collection of the artists works, consigned to auction by the executors for the estate of the artists daughter.

WALTER JAMES WEST (1882-1942) - born on 17th December 1882 in the district of Deritend, now part of Digbeth, Birmingham. He was the only child of Emma and James West, a pawnbroker. The family were based at Icknield Port road. He started studying at theage of 14 at the Central school of Arts and Crafts in Birmingham (Margaret Street). In the 1911 census, when he was 28, he is listed as a silversmith chaser. By the age of 30 he was then registered as a part time teacher and student.

He started early his specialisation in metal design and drawing. Later in 1918, he became a regular teacher of drawing at Vittoria Street Jewellery School, Birmingham where he worked until his death in 1942. Mr Westbecame an associate of the RBSA in 1936 and was a recognised artist amongst his peers, frequently exhibiting at The Birmingham Art Circle throughout the thirties.

From the archived catalogues of the RBSA, he exhibited his work regularly from 1930 onwards. His paintings were sold from seven pounds and seven shillings upwards at the time which amounts to around £400 now. He mostly exhibited landscapes in watercolour often depicting seascapes, architecturaland topographical scenes.

At the time his work was reviewed in the press and was described as having “a clean and careful skill in drawing with a love of delicate colour”.


The many certificates, documents and reviews amongst his remaining papers only reinforced the idea that Walter James West was not only a teacher but a key figure in his discipline and the history of Birmingham art for over thirty years


CONDTION - Fine and clean without any particular problems for its age.

SIZE - The watercolour measures approx 15 x 11 inches.

POSTAGE - Postage within the the EU is £5 and for International shipping (North America, Aus & NZ only) is £12.


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PLEASE NOTE - Although I live in the UK, for family reasons I am now residing for the medium term in Spain so the picture will be sent from there so it will normally take an extra couple of days to arrive to UK buyers.

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