North Lodge View – Dark Sky

circa 1960s, gouache, poster paint and wax crayon on paper 21" x 15"

Like many landscape artists Jean Royle was inspired by the drama of the view when the sky became darker than the land.  In this her fourth version she has used a mixture of wax crayon, gouache and poster paint to show the atmosphere created by a stormy evening.  The lowering sky is broken near the horizon on the right by a glimmering line of illumination from the setting sun, the trees are touched by an eerie light, and the warm ochre of the grass forms a dramatic foreground feature against the cold, dark road.

Jean produced a series of five landscape paintings as viewed from the window of her home at Newstead Abbey Park, Nottinghamshire during the mid 1960s.  She was employed as gatekeeper by the estate and sold  tickets to visitors to the Abbey and its grounds, the one-time home of Lord Byron, so  whilst painting she was also watching out for visitors

Jean Royle was a landscape artist who always lived in the shadow of her father’s ability and achievements. He ensured she had an art training believing she had the potential to become, like him, a talented landscape artist. She fulfilled this but did not receive the recognition for her abilities in her life time.