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The Old Church Tower, Upton on Severn

The Old Church Tower, Upton on Severn

Location: Upton on Severn, Worcestershire, UK

Subject: Streetscape

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1910s

Signature: A Knighton Hammond

Dimensions: 28 cm x 18.5 cm

The Old Church at Upton on Severn would have been painted shortly after the Great War when Knighton-Hammond was on a painting trip covering Worcestershire and the surrounding counties. The distinctive tower is a remnant of an eighteenth century replacement for a medieval church which was badly damaged during the Civil War Battle of Upton in 1651. Barrels have been placed on the side of the main road through the village. The technique adopted by the artist shows him on a move towards Impressionism. The freely flowing watercolour is handled to good effect and there is accuracy in the structure of the composition with regards to perspective in the street scene. The figures give scale and movement.

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