Train and River (study)
watercolor on paper
initialed by the artist, l.l.
name inscribed on mat, l.r.
5 x 8 inches
17 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches (original frame)
Frank English was a native of Louisville, Kentucky, who spent much of his life in Delaware and Pennsylvania. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia when Thomas Eakins was teaching there and was involved in the Philadelphia Sketch Club. He eventually took up residence in Bucks County, Pa. English painted farm scenes and inhabited landscapes of houses, trains and streams.
The watercolorist was one of eight artists with Kentucky connections included in the 1992 Art Museum at the University of Kentucky exhibition Dreaming over Woods and Hills: Kentucky Artists in the Humphreys Collection. The other artists were Carl C. Brenner, Charles Courtney Curran, Harvey Joiner, Paul Sawyier, Patty Thum, Helen Turner and Robert Burns Wilson.
On page 51 of the exhibition catalog there is a watercolor by English, “Train and River.” It bears a striking resemblance to our diminutive painting, which we perceive to be a study for the larger watercolor. The latter features a single fisherman, who has replaced two fishermen in a boat.
© 2019 Warren and Julie Payne