1837-42 UK Landscapes

4.1 Ashbourne And Mayfield  Rev J L Petit

1838, 13x18cm, watercolour on paper, private collection.

A picture with a very date on the mount, taken from the hill above Mayfield, with Ashbourne church spire in the distance appearing through the fog (see 3.4 above). Petit completed over 50 drawings in and around here in April 1838, seemingly preparing for his main tour on the Continent.

4.2 Near Badger, Rev J L Petit


c1837, 18x12cm, watercolour on paper, The Ian Cooke collection.

Achieving a softer effect with the foliage, Petit drew several landscapes of the Dingle valley near Badger in Shropshire. Another from the same album is taken from the exact spot of a Peter de Wint drawing sold at Sotheby’s November 1990 lot 113.

4.3 On The Trent, Staffordshire, Rev J L Petit

c1837-42, 30x22cm, watercolour on paper, private collection.

Many of Petit’s best landscapes are from Staffordshire in the late 1830s. Some are quite experimental in how he treats trees and tries to capture storm or light effects, see 4.1 and 4.4 below. A few like this of the Old Trent Bridge near Staplehill at Burton-on-Trent and 4.7 are quite classical.

4.4 Near Wootton, Staffordshire, Rev J L Petit

1838, 18x13cm, watercolour on paper, private collection.

Wootton Lodge lies underneath the Weaver Hills, shown in the distance, near the Dove Valley. An unusual landscape for Petit, but one which he copied at Falaise Castle the following year in France (see 5 below).

4.5 Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, Rev J L Petit

c1838, 32x23cm, watercolour on paper, private collection.

Cannock Chase lies between Stafford, Lichfield and Shifnal, Petit’s home ground. It was a popular spot for picnics in the 1840s and 50s. This view is still accessible (see Petit’s Tours of Old Staffordshire, due 2019)

4.6 Peveril Castle, Derbyshire Rev J L Petit

1838-42, 29x23cm, watercolour on paper, private collection.

This drawing probably comes a little later than the others in this section. The blue sky is still present and it is finished more than those of the transition period shown in section 6 below.

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