• Circa: 1870
• Artist: Attributable to Joseph Thors
• Provenance: England, UK
• Medium: Oil on board
• Depicts autumnal forest scene
• Gilt frame
• Natural colours
• Good condition
• Small proportions (31cm x 35cm)
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This is a beautiful antique English oil painting of an autumnal forest scene, attributable to the artist Joseph Thors, of small proportions, circa 1870, in good original condition. The painting depicts two figures sat on a log in an English woodland in autumn, as sunlight streams through the trees, showing all their colours and the landscape beyond. The painting accurately reproduces the natural colours of the subject, with an attractive range of greens, browns and rusty hues, with subtle red detailing. The item also boasts wonderful texturing, evident in the leaves on the trees and the vegetation on the ground. The painting is set into the original ornate gilt frame, with protective glass. The painting is oil on board. The mat board is stamped ‘J. Thors’. Although no signature is present, this painting is attributable to Joseph Thors, as it shows his romantic style to perfection.
Joseph ThorsJoseph Thors (British, 1835–1920) was a Dutch-born British painter best known for his landscape paintings of the English countryside. His airy, idealized works can be compared to those of Dutch Golden Age painters, such as Meindert Hobbema and Jacob Van Ruisdael, for their quick brushwork and dramatic sense of light. Inspired by pastoral imagery, the artist often highlighted the serenity of the countryside through images of farmhouses, quiet streams, and winding paths. For example, in his painting Farmyard he communicates a sense of simplicity and happiness, depicting a small house with a windmill on top of a bright, sunny hill. Born circa 1835 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, little is known about Thors’ life before he moved to London sometime after 1860. Joseph Thors lived at 12 Great Russell St. In London, but often chose to paint in the Midlands. He favoured the Norwich School style of painting and so his favoured subjects tended to be rustic cottages, winding paths and hidden homesteads. By the late 1860s, he was exhibiting work predominantly at Suffolk Street and at the Royal Academy of Arts and the Society of British Artists in London, but also in Birmingham. Thors died in 1920 in Islington, United Kingdom. Today, the artist’s work is held in the collections of Shugborough Hall in Great Haywood, the Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, the National Trust in Sunnycroft, and the Wolverhampton Art Gallery, among others. Source: http://www.artnet.com/artists/joseph-thors/
This painting would look superb in a variety of rooms, including the hallway, living room or bedroom. This item would certainly grace any home and is a great investment as it is an attractive and colourful piece. So don’t miss out on your chance to own a lovely piece of art.
The painting and frame are in good original condition. The colours are strong and there is no sign of fading. Nominal old age marks to the glass and leading edges of the gilt frame, but nothing significant, considering the age of the item. The original gilt frame is solid and in good condition; the picture is ready to hang.
Height = 31.1cm or 12¼” or 1ft ¼”
Width = 35.2cm or 13⅞” or 1ft 1⅞”
Depth = 5.5cm or 2⅛”
Frame Width = 6.2cm or 2½”
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