On The River Wrey, Devon

William Traies
1789 -1872
Title On The River Wrey, Devon
Category 18th Century
Medium & Size indistinctly signed lower left & labels verso. Oil on canvas : 38 x 28 inches. Framed size : 43 ½ x 36 inches
Price Band £5,000 - £10,000
Location Petworth

William Traies was born in Crediton, Devon. He started out being in the postal service but while at Exeter he was encouraged by J. Farington RA and became a landscape painter. He was so devoted to art and painting the scenery of his county, soon achieving such skill and reputation therein as to earn the sobriquet, ‘The Devonshire Claude’. He captured the lovely dells and rivers of Devon and there is a sensitiveness of the pellucid beauty of fine weather, fine skies, of noble foliage and of untroubled humanity in his paintings. There was also a technical method almost perfect to the requirements of such scenes and to the painter’s intention.

Traies was a beautiful craftsman; his thin but creamy impasto and fine handling of varied greens, his limpid touch on running water and the lucid cobalt of his summer skies will delight all who take pleasure in the mechanism of art. His finest work is unseen and almost unknown to collectors. It was the secluded manor houses, for which they were painted, retain still most of the output of William Traies work and he would have wished no better. Traies exhibited very little, only 4 paintings at the Royal Academy in London.He died on 28 April 1872 in Exeter.

Works in Collections: Chequers Buckinghamshire; Exeter City Council; Inland

Revenue; Victoria & Albert Museum; Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery;

Sheffield City Art Galleries; Torre Abbey, Devon; Watford Museum,Hertfordshire.

Bibl: Dictionary of British Landscape Painters – M.H. Grant

Victorian Painters – Christopher Wood

Provenance: M. Bernard, London

Frost & Reed, London

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