After Ernest William Haslehurst (1866 – 1949)

E Staircase, Second Court, St John’s College, Cambridge (circa 1915)



33 x 22 cm

Haslehurst’s watercolour of a staircase at John’s. The artists captures the quintessential Cambridge combination of dark wood and old stone, focusing on a beautiful but overlooked passageway in the college. Light streams in from the court.

Second Court was built in the years immediately after 1599, to the designs of Ralph Symons of Westminster and Gilbert Wigg of Cambridge. The harmonious proportions and local brickwork of the Court in general make it the finest example of this style of architecture in Cambridge.

Ernest William Haslehust was an English landscape painter and book illustrator who worked in watercolours. He was a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI), Royal Society of British Artists (RBA), Royal West of England Academy (RWA) and Royal British Colonial Society of Artists (RBC), and exhibited regularly at many venues including the Royal Academy in London. He also designed posters for the LNER and LMS railway companies, and his art was featured in many magazines of the day including the Illustrated London News and The Tatler. His painting of this view was featured in the illustrated book of Cambridge  by Noel Barwell (Blackie & Son) 1910, and the artist of this painting has recorded the view from the same corner.

Condition: very good; some light spotting. Handsome antique frame which bears some signs of age.

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