`Windmill Farm
Poss. Betty Ray (exh.1932)
An enchanting watercolour depicting a farmyard scene with a wooden  post mill in the background and the farmer assessing the pig population, rather nice ones of the spotted variety, watched by the cockerell sitting atop the fence. The farmers hat leads me think this is a nineteenth century scene, but I think the painting dates from the around the 1920`s. Very nice fresh colours and a wealth of detail. No clues as to location - there were hundreds of these windmills at one time, but I would think probably Lincolnshire or the East Midlands. The painting is housed in an early 20th century ornate gilt frame in very good condition. Signed `B.Ray` bottom left, this painting is very possibly by Betty Ray who was exhibiting in the 1920`s and 30`s.
Betty Ray was an artist from Withington, Manchester, who exhibited in the 1920s and 30`s, including the Royal Scottish Academy.

Mediumwatercolour  Conditionvery good unfaded - one or two very light age marks
 Image size 12.5 x 8 inches   Provenancesigned lower left
 Overall size 19 x 15 inches 
Agec.1920-30 Price £169