Harold Wharfe (1916-1999)
`Temple of Piety, Studley Royal Gardens`
A fresh impressionist oil painting by Yorkshire artist and architect Harold Wharfe depicting a corner of the 18th century water gardens at Studley Royal, near Harrogate. Studely Royal is famous of course for containing the ruins of Fountains Abbey within its grounds. The temple stands on a rise above the moon and crescent ponds which can be seen on the left. The painting is housed in its original pewter gallery frame with new ingres mount. Wharfe Gallery label verso. Would look nice in a contemporary or traditional interior.
Harold Wharfe (1916 - 1999) was a very talented architect and painter. He was born in Keighley,West Yorkshire. In 1938 he graduated from Leeds School of Architecture. Between 1948 and 1979 Wharfe was a senior lecturer in architecture at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He was the architect who designed the Anglican Church at Bowburn, Co. Durham - a brilliant futuristic twentieth century design - a glass-fibre geodisc dome sitting on concrete panel walls and a stunning free-standing spire. Not only was Wharfe a talented architect (he was a bronze medallist RIBA 1962) but also a highly respected artist who exhibited in Leeds, Bradford, Durham, Newcastle, Wakefield and private galleries in Yorkshire and Northumberland - the counties where he painted many impressionistic landscapes, in both oils and watercolours. Harold was director of the Wharfe Gallery, Holly House, Burnstall, Skipton.
|Medium||oil on board||Condition||very good|
|Image size||18 x 12 inches||Provenance||signed lower right, titled left, dated. Gallery label verso|
|Overall size||28 x 22 inches|