Liss Llewellyn Fine Art - 20th Century British Art

Leonard Raven Hill (1867-1942)   BIOGRAPHY

Café Scene, 1888
Framed (ref: 135)
Signed and dated, oil on canvas, 13 x 17 in. (33 x 43.2 cm.)


Provenance: Laporte Corporate Art Collection, no. 83
Literature: Paul Liss, Laporte: A History in Art, Laporte plc, 2000, p. 16

Like many British artists of his generation, Leonard Raven-Hill gravitated as a student towards Paris. This early work, painted when he was 21, captures perfectly the metropolitan mood of late nineteenth-century Paris. The artist has used the Impressionist technique of 'wet in wet', whereby colours are applied rapidly without waiting for each layer to dry.

Leonard Raven Hill (1867-1942)

Painter and illustrator born in Bath. He trained at Lambeth School of Art and then in Paris, exhibiting at the Salon in 1887 and at the RA two years later. In 1890 he was appointed art editor of Pick-Me-Up, working with Phil May, and of Punch from 1895 to 1935. He exhibited pictures at the Fine Art Society, Grosvenor Gallery, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, Leicester Gallery, NEAC, RA, RBA, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, ROI, and RSA.

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