Roses, Asphodel, and Cypress - Algeria
25.25 x 35.5 inches
LITERATURE: M. Hardie, Watercolour in Britain, 1967-69.
In the autumn of 1874 North left England with his ailing friend Fred Walker for Algeria, where they intended to spend the winter. Walker’s biographer described their experiences: ‘on Christmas Day the friends arrived in Algiers, in ecstasies over the flowers and fruitful greeness of the land. By 25th February Walker, homesick and foreboding illness, was on his way back to England in the company of friends; but North stayed, and finding the life much to his liking and making great friends with his neighbour, Ali Cherif, he bought a piece of land and designed and built himself a house which he named “Dar el Ouard”, or “The House of Roses” where he spent several months every year for the following six years’. This fine example of North’s work illustrates Hardie’s remark in Watercolour Painting in Britain, that ‘his landscapes reveal an almost scientific search for detail in the tangled luxuriance of orchard and copse.... He was interested in effects of light, and his method to express shimmering atmosphere can be compared to pointillism’.