Location: Prestbury, Cheshire, UK
Signature: Arthur Hammond
Dimensions: 35 cm x 52 cm
This street scene painted in June 1911 is possibly of Prestbury Road, Prestbury. The Cheshire village appealed to the artist as he produced a number of watercolours of various streets. The buildings are well depicted giving an immediate appreciation of the architecture in the facades. The figures give scale and the shepherd driving his sheep along the road gives a sense of movement. The horse and cart at the side of the road shows a clever understanding of foreshortening. Picturesque Prestbury was one of a number of locations around Manchester where Adolphe Valette, Art Master at Manchester Municipal School of Art would bring students on open-air study trips. Knighton-Hammond studied under Valette so it may well have been on one of these trips that this picture was painted. It has signs of the influence of Valette who taught the ways of the Impressionists with regards to colour, light and freedom of brushwork.