Monday, April 27, 2009

Otto Theodore Leyde - Happy as the Day is Long

Born in Prussia in 1835, in his early 20's he came to Britain and settled in Edinburgh where he worked as a lithographer. He also painted in both oils and watercolours and became well known for his landscapes and genre subjects. He exhibited at the RA and elsewhere but especially in Scottish galleries. This watercolour was of a Scottish beach with the two girls carrying a basket of shellfish and the jolly baby. Notice the very 'moody' cloudscape and small details like the shellfish are covered with seaweed to keep it fresh. The short shadow indicates a morning scene.

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