A quiet and beautiful antique seascape painting by the eminent James Ashton. This watercolour painting is in its original gilt wooden frame which has acquired a lovely patina from age, it retains its beautiful old hand drawn float glass. A new pale grey mat board has been professionally mounted.
Signed lower right J Ashton
Measures including frame: 57cm wide, 49.5cm high.
James Ashton (1859-1935) the eminent Australian artist, well known for his many seascape paintings; with several of his paintings represented in the collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia, with his most famous work ‘The Moon Enchanted Sea’ being on display in the galleries Australian Art collection.
James Ashton emigrated to Adelaide in 1884, and went on to establish the Norwood Art School (there is a commemorative plaque to James Ashton outside the Norwood Town Hall). Hans Heysen was one of his students at the Norwood school where he quickly excelled, at 16 years of age he painted ‘The Wet Road” which Ashton bought; it now resides in the Art Gallery of South Australia.
In 1895 Ashton founded the Academy of Arts (1895) in Victoria Square, Adelaide. A respected teacher of painting for over 40 years he also taught at Prince Alfred College for many years. A member of the Commonwealth Arts Advisory Board, a trustee and honorary fellow of the Royal South Australian Society of Arts, he won the society Seascape prize in 1926 and 1929.
In 1927 Ashton moved to a terrace house by the sea in Brighton (SA) where he continued to paint his favourite subject, the Sea.