The weir at Windsor
Antique French LXV Revival ogee frame with bead & guilloche; original water gilding
Excellent
A very English subject, treated with Nicholls’s characteristic sense of pastoral serenity and timelessness, in his thin washes of oil paint: this is a beautifully composed landscape. He renders the natural features – trees, bushes, the sweep of the river – in abstracted blocks of colour, just as he does with architecture, which enhances the sense of permanence and significance in an apparently simple scene. At the same time Nicholls has improved on reality by altering the structure of the Castle, moving the towers closer together to emphasize the brooding silhouette beyond the trees, and balancing it with the weir across the river. This juxtaposition hints at man’s control and manipulation of nature, undercutting the romantic pastoral. A poetic and striking image…
Dimensions
Height 51.10 cm (20.12 inches)
Width 75.90 cm (29.88 inches)
External Height 65.70 cm (25.87 inches)
External Width 90.80 cm (35.75 inches)
Medium
Oil on canvas
Signed/Inscribed
‘Nicholls 1946’
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