Charles Mayes Wigg (1889-1969)
The Marsh Harvest, Norfolk
signed and inscribed with title to the reverse
watercolour and bodycolour
15 x 21 inches
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This masterwork by Charles Mayes Wigg is full of movement and light and recalls the scything figures of his near contemporary, Harry Becker. Unusually for a watercolour, Wigg has applied splashes of pure bodycolour to give a dramatic impasto effect.
Charles Mayes Wigg was brought up in Watton and Cromer at the turn of the 20th Century. He was educated at Gresham's School and subsequently entered the Norwich School of Art in 1911. He completed his studies under Frank Spenlove-Spenlove at the appealingly named, Yellow Door School of Art in Beckenham, Kent.
As with so many of his contemporaries, the 1st World War had a dramatic impact on his life. He enlisted in the British Army and saw active service in Gaza before being invalided out of the war in 1916 having sustained severe injuries to his legs.
On his return to England, he picked up his career as an artist and illustrator. His war injury however was to have a significant influence as he felt most at ease on board a boat. As a result, the vast majority of his work consists of tranquil views of the Norfolk Broads and coast.