c1879 George Henry Jenkins Walkham River Dartmoor Oil Painting


An attractive Victorian oil painting on wooden board of the Walkham River, near Merrivale in west Dartmoor National Park, with an angler mid-scene and a torr in the distance.

The river, which is little more than a stream at this point, is going over some rocks in the forefront. The artist has beautifully captured the mauve-green hues of the bracken. The painting, which is nicely framed, is by the acclaimed West Country artist George Henry Jenkins. It is signed and dated 1879. The back of the frame has the applied title: The Walkham from the Merrivale Bridge by George Henry Jenkins.

G. H. Jenkins (1838 - 1914) painted throughout Devon and Cornwall in both oil and watercolour. He is reported as an active artist between 1870 and 1910. From 1873 to 1880 he lived at 10 Saltram Terrace, Plympton, Devon near Plymouth. He also exhibited work painted in North Wales.
He exhibited at the Society of Western Artists, Plymouth Arts Club and at the RWA in Bristol. He showed a total of 20 works at the RWA between 1892 and 1895 at the Annual Winter Exhibitions, subjects included On the Lledr, North Wales and in 1892 King Arthur's Castle, Tintagel. He did not appear to exhibit in London, but did show Trawlers entering Plymouth Sound at the Dore Gallery in an exhibition of West country artists c.1900. He also exhibited two Dartmoor views at the Elands Gallery in Exeter in 1907.

Size: 44 x 22.5 cm (17 ¼ x 8 7/8 inches)
Size frame: 56 x 34.5 x 4 cm (22 x 13 5/8 x 1 ½ inches)
Weight: 1390g