`A Normandy Cottage` 
Edward Herbert Burt-Smith c.1914 
An attractive sunny watercolour depicting a rural French cottage scene in Normandy. Like many artists of the early 20th century he and his wife, the painter Ruth Burt-Smith, were probably drawn to Normandy because of the Impressionists and the plein-air school of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I have discovered that the Burt-Smiths were in Caudebec on at least one occasion and I imagine this may well be in the same area. Burt-Smith was an established figure in the local art community in Devon, England who died suddenly in 1935. Quite a prolific artist whose work comes up for auction occasionally and is sought after in the West Country. The painting is housed in a very nice Art Deco period `French style` frame with new ingres mount.
Edward Burt-Smith was an active member of the Devon artistic community, and became honorary curator of Torre Abbey when it opened to the public in the early 1930`s. He was responsible for assembling and hanging the collection. He died suddenly following an operation in 1935. He was married to the painter Ruth Burt-Smith who had studied at the Slade School of Art in London. Examples of both of their works can be seen in the collection at Torre Abbey, Devon.

Mediumwatercolour  Conditionexcellent unfaded - good bright colour
 Image size12 x 9  inches   Provenancesigned lower left and dated
 Overall size20 x 17  inches
Age1914 Price SOLD