Springtime near Norbury
Watercolour; initialled and dated April 1861.
7 x 13.5 inches
Before he left for the Continent for the best part of a year on the proceeds of a picture, Brett painted this watercolour at Norbury in Surrey in April 1861, near the place where he had painted The Stonebreaker in 1857. It depicts ‘one of those sunny spring days when all the details of the landscape are crisp and fresh, with delicately handled trees just coming into leaf and casting long shadows on the newly-sown fields. Its mood of expectation perfectly matches what we may assume were his own feelings at the start of a new phase in his life’. On his return from his travels he painted an oil, Norbury on the Mole in 1862.
Thanks to Christiana Payne and Charles Brett.