Art of George Fall

In an earlier chapter, I talked about an artist by the name of #GeorgeFall.  The piece I talked about was unsigned and I speculated that it might have been by George Fall (1848 – 1925).  Today, I came across three George Fall watercolours.  Not in perfect condition ( a few age spots) but still very fine condition.

St Peter's Church, Brafferton  watercolour by George Fell

St Peter’s Church, Brafferton
watercolour by George Fell

I did not recall George Falls name when I acquired the paintings and bought them because I thought them lovely and possibly 40 years old.  They turn out to be over 90 years old.  Born and raised in York, Fall was a detailed topographical painter who studied at Selby and then the York School of Art and Craft.  A wonderful watercolourist although he is also well known for portrait oil paintings.

Specialising in York vignettes, Fall also worked in Durham and painted other cityscapes.  His subject scenes are found all around the Yorkshire and Durham areas.

St Peter’s stands on rising ground to the north-west of #Brafferton village and between it and the Swale, both the school and vicarage are nearby.

Brafferton Parish School watercolour by George Fall

Brafferton Parish School
watercolour by George Fall

Pilmoor Mission Church watercolour by George Fall

Pilmoor Mission Church
watercolour by George Fall

#PilmoorMissionChurch was erected in 1878 at a cost of £300.

Three finely portrayed scenes from Yorkshire life past.  I love Fall’s use and choice of colours.  His accuracy in detail is impressive and give his works a  true to life feel.  A talented artist indeed.

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One Response to Art of George Fall

  1. Linda Cast says:

    We’re researching a painting by H. Davison. George Fall painted Bishopwearmouth village, “from a painting by H. Davison”. This may be Hercules Davison, found in genealogy records of the appropriate date for both artists. The question is, why did Fall use as source a painting of this little known artist in his home town? Perhaps to preserve the scene or from respect for his memory. Do you know of a relationship, or have you seen a biography of Fall? Thank you.

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