Copse

circa 1940s, oil on board 16" X 12"

Jean Royle made this landscape painting in the 1940s. It depicts a small copse near her home at Hitcham in Suffolk and there are similarities with the painting entitled ‘Hitcham’ in this low-key composition.  Very subtle light through the trees is painted in blocks between the trunks above a hedge at the far end, using neutral bluish greys.  Below the hedge the ground is suffused with warmer, browner greys before touches of subdued greens begin to wend their way towards the foreground.  The treatment of the grass and trees shows great variation in the greens used, from the yellower areas of the nearest foliage and some of the algae on the trunks, to the slightly bluer, glowing greens of the grass.  The nearest ground cover suggests bluebells grow there and, as such, echoes her father, Stanley Royle’s paintings of bluebell woods in close proximity to Sheffield. (See thumbnail image below).

Only two paintings from the 1940s  have survived, both having been excecuted at Hitcham. The copse holds a slightly mysterious atmosphere; we are intrigued by what lies beyond in the lighter distances.

Stanley Royle – circa 1931