Joseph Paul Pettitt (1812-1882)
Figures at a sawmill, North Wales
Signed and dated '1863'
Oil on canvas
56 x 44 inches (68 x 56 inches with frame)
Provenance: Christie's lot 174, 9/11/2000
Plaish Hall, Church Stretton, Shropshire
Exhibited: Royal Society of British Artists, 1864, no.133
as, 'The sawmill on the Camlaw, North Wales'
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This picturesque view is on an impressively large scale which is appropriate for the monumental work required in the movement and sawing of large timbers. The elegantly dressed figures in the foreground act as focal points in the diagonal meander through the picture space.
Joseph Paul Pettitt was one of the many talented artists to be working in Birmingham in the second half of the 19th century. He exhibited extensively during his lifetime both at the Royal Academy (1849-1853) and at the Royal Society of British Artists.
His work is in numerous private and public collections including York Art Gallery and The Higgins Collection, Bedford. Examples can be seen on the ArtUK website.