North Lodge View – Winter Evening
circa 1960s, pastel, chalk and conté on paper 22" x 15"
Here Jean Royle captures the lighting and atmosphere of a cold winter evening by using a mixture of pastel, chalk and conté. This picture is almost a monochrome with an atmosphere of intense chill, yet the ochre and burnt sienna, used sparingly throughout, demonstrate how much colour can be found in the most sombre of winter landscapes. We can feel the iciness and chill of the evening air. The trees are highlighted by frosted snow and the road looks like it’s a sheet of ice! We view it from indoors and are not tempted out!
Jean Royle 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.