New Acquisition by Edward Wesson (1910-1983)

Trafalgar Square looking towards the National Gallery from Canada House; s & d 1950

This is another gem from the late British artist, Edward Wesson. His subject matter normally consists of painting the East Anglian empty skies, (of which we have five other pictures of). Instead here he’s focused on the buildings and monuments(including The National Gallery), that make up Trafalgar Square (please click here to view at larger size with biographical details). Within this work he has skilfully depicted the buses, pedestrians and captured the movement within the composition exceptionally well, giving it a real buzz.

What I find amazing is that Edward Wesson was self taught, but yet he would teach others how to paint by formal courses and through evening demonstrations to art societies. His forte was watercolours, being influenced amongst others by Eugène Boudin. Comparison has also been drawn between Edward Wesson’s palette and style to that of Edward Seago’s.

His record speaks for itself having been elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, the Royal Society of British Artists(an award in his name is offered at its annual exhibition), and the Royal Society of Marine Artists. He also exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.



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