Location: Youlgreave, Derbyshire, UK
Signature: Arthur H Hammond
Dimensions: 44 cm x 75 cm
This landscape is early in Knighton-Hammond’s career and shows his competency in oil paints. 1907 and 1908 were significant years for the artist as he had autumn scenes of Derbyshire accepted by the Royal Academy. Early in the spring of 1908 this picture, the quality of which would have been on par with the RA exhibits, was produced.
In the foreground sheep are grazing in the orchard giving movement to the scene. The apple trees are in blossom adding to the colour. The cottages beyond the orchard are in the Derbyshire vernacular style and their subtle perspective adds to the visual impact regards to creating depth. The handling of the paint depicting light, shade, colour and atmosphere show a significant level of maturity and demonstrates a close descriptive of observed nature. There appears to be a direct relationship between the texture of the paint and the character of the landscape itself.