I came across a rough watercolour the other day and although only a sketch it had something about it. An efficient artist, one who was use to working quickly and in sittu. The small watercolour had a monogram on it and was titled on the verso. The monogram led me to an artist by name #EdmundMorisonWimperis (EMW).
Edmund was born in Chester in 1835 (d. 1900). At the age of 16 he was apprenticed to a wood engraver (Mason Jackson) and also trained under watercolourist #MylesBirketFoster. His studies led him to work for the #LondonIllustratedNews. Later in his artistic life he worked along side Thomas Collier.
He was a member of the Society of British Artists and the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours where he became a prominent member late in the 19th century.
Many of his works display Cornwall and the West Country but he could often be seen along the River Ouse in Huntingdonshire. He loved to work ‘en plein air’ and was adept at portraying vast skies, and the fickle shadows flitting across the ground.
The sketch in my collection was painted on site. It is titled At Porlock Weir. I think you can see the the influence of Birket Foster. It has good perspective and nice use of earthy tones and is overall a pleasant piece to look at. To