An important, large and impressive oil painting by a talented and influential artist. His work does not come onto the market very often. The subject is Seaton Sluice on the Northumbrian coast and likely painted in the first half of the 20th Century before the cottage in the foreground was demolished. The painting was clearly painted Plein Air (on the spot) by the internationally known and widely collected artist, Sir Robin Darwin, (1910-1974) who was the grandson of the naturalist and geologist Charles Darwin (1809-1882) world famous for his contributions to evolutionary theory. The painting is 34" x 40" and was painted in 1947 by the artist whose paintings are in public and private collections across the world. As you can see from the attached pictures, the buildings on the left feature working cottages which no longer exist and to the right relics of the rich industrial past enjoyed by Seaton Sluice loading coal and bottles from Hartley Pit and the Royal Hartley Bottleworks (once the largest in England producing almost 2,000,000 bottles a year). The bottleworks was known as the City and included a market place. It was said that the employees did not need to leave the works to spend their money.
Oil on canvas 87cm x 102cm (34" x 40") Signed. (framed)