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George Price Boyce, Landscape Watercolours

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George Price Boyce (1826-1897) trained as an architect, but turned to the painting of watercolours after meeting David Cox. Some idea of Cox's style can be gathered from some previous posts here:
http://petrusplancius.livejournal.com/69195.html
http://petrusplancius.livejournal.com/13115.html?thread=34363
http://petrusplancius.livejournal.com/232278.html
It can be seen that Cox's landscapes are very closely observed, but Boyce developed a more precise and static approach, showing pre-Raphaelite influence after he came to know Rossetti, Holman Hunt, Millais and others. At his best, his landscape studies have a strange hypnotic quality, and his work deserves to better known I think; though that is true of quite a number of English watercolourists, largely because of the difficulties in exhibiting works that are so liable to fade. This shows the White Swan inn at Pangbourne, on the Thames.



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Abinger Mill Pond, in Surrey.

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Landscape at Wotton, Surrey: Autumn 1864-5.

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Streatley Mill, another place on the Thames (opposite Goring, between Reading and Oxford); a pretty village in a lovely setting. I once lived there for a while and have fond memories of it. Alas, the mill burnt down in the 1920s, here are some old photographs of it:

http://www.francisfrith.com/streatley,berkshire/photos/mill-and-bridge-1890_27043/#utmcsr=google.co.uk&utmcmd=referral&utmccn=google.co.uk
http://www.flickr.com/photos/26093461@N00/5716331793/


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Old buildings at Kingswear in Devon, 1874.

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A Downland view.

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Farm buildings at Dorchester in Oxfordshire. A Thames-side town with an old Abbey in it, which contains some fine things, including this wonderful Norman lead font (11th Century):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Dorchester_Abbey_Normannisches_Taufbecken.jpg

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An ink-drawing by Rossetti showing Boyce with Fanny Cornforth, Rossetti's blowsy Muse.
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