Provenance: Artist’s Family; Liss Fine Art; Moore Gwyn Fine Art. Original frame.
The best of Rowntree’s work shows a strong sense of design with, as here, a marked use of geometric patterns and a flattening out of space. This picture can be compared to ‘Souvenir of Venice’ which is in the Tate Gallery. Rowntree studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and at the Slade School of Fine Art. During World War II he was an official war artist. He was Professor of Fine Art at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne from 1959. The Tate Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum are among many public owners of his work. He designed his own frames, often in the form of tray-frames such as the one used for this painting.