~ The Onslaught – Framed Watercolour By George Soper (British, 1870-1942) ~
The piece depicts a scene of war with various soldiers from both sides fighting on what appears to be on a cliffside battle. It is a watercolour that has painstakingly been painted in black & white, giving it a unique & haunting style.
The painting is signed ‘George Soper’ to the lower and bears a Chris Beetles Gallery label on the reverse giving its provenance direct from the artist.
It looks to be WW1 Italian troops assaulting a mountainous ridge, any further clarification is appreciated.
~ George Soper ~
George Soper: A fine British etcher and painter of the 1920’s era, George Soper is widely known for his depictions of rustic scenes and of animals in motion. Soper first studied art at Ramsgate and spent the early part of his career as an illustrator. He began studying etching under Sir Frank short in 1905, however, and from that date most of his talents were directed towards original printmaking. Soper’s etchings were and are considered to be among the finest of their time and he was a regular exhibitor at the prestigious Royal Academy as well as being a full member of the Royal Engravers. Both the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, include examples of his etchings in their collections.
~ Dimensions ~
The frame has a width of 25.5 inches (64.8 cm), a height of 19 inches (48.3 cm) & a depth of 1 inches (2.6 cm).
The watercolour has a width of 18 inches (27.9 cm), a height of 11 inches (27.9 cm).
It weighs 5.6 kg.
~ Condition ~
The picture is in excellent condition.