Mid 1840s Transition period, UK

6.1 Nr Torquay (Thatcher Rock) Rev J L Petit (1801-68)


c1844, 32x24cm, watercolour on paper, private collection

There are fewer completed landscapes during this period. Yet the best have a similar awe-inspiring composition as his churches, and he often mentions the comparison in describing his travels, noting that the works of God dispel all thoughts of the works of man.

6.2 Clifton Church, Staffordshire, Rev J L Petit


c1844, 32x25cm, watercolour on paper, private collection

From one of the albums used in preparation for his second, and most beautiful book, Remarks on Architectural Character. Petit collected several hundred examples of mixed styles to reiterate its diverse beauty resist conformity and destructive restoration.

6.3 Great Malvern, Worcestershire, Rev J L Petit


c 1843, 20×26 cm, watercolour on paper, private collection

Malvern church features in Petit’s first book, this is a more distant view taken a few years later, typical of this period in his work, with foreground and background becoming sketchier to draw attention to the church.

6.4 Skelton Church, Yorkshire, Rev J L Petit


c 1843, 24×18 cm, watercolour on paper, private collection

This watercolour was used as the basis for the illustration no 15 in Remarks on Architectural Character (1845). “The only Early English church free from later additions is Skelton, in Yorkshire, but this is small and specific…”

6.5 Ilam Rock, Dovedale, Staffs, Rev J L Petit


c1844, 32x24cm, watercolour on paper, private collection

Dovedale had been painted by Petit many times earlier. This is the last known and most dramatic and a very rare fully worked watercolour for this period. Later landscapes would become much more impressionistic. (see 9 below)

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