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Randall House - Wolfville Historical Society

Painting


Accession number: 76.7.15D
Category: Art
Date: circa 1900
Materials: Paper
Measurements: 12.5 cm L x 7.5 cm WFrame: 17.7 x 13.2cm
Signature: H. Bentley
Marks/Label: In ink in the lower right corner: H Bentley
Narrative: Previously owned by Janet Fraser Andrews mother of the donor and sister of the artist. According to original catalogue record, the painting was associated with St. Laurentian River Valley, Quebec. The artist who created this painting, Hazel Bentley, also made 76.7.15A and 76.7.15B. This work does not have the same linear, drawing style evident in A, but it also does not have the dreamier style in B; it fits somewhere in the middle. The application is softer and the trees are smoother, but the church is still clearly defined. Hazel would be considered an amateur or hobby painter.
Description: A small rectangular watercolour of a church in the centre and a snow covered road leading from the right foreground to the left centre ground. Two leafless trees stand to the left foreground while a cloudy sky and tall evergreen trees make up the background. A cemetery, snow covered borders the church and the road on the right side; a figure in black walks up the road. The painting is glued to a mat. They both are covered by glass in a narrow veneer frame. The illustration board backing is held in place by finish nails in the inner sides of the frame. The artists name is printed in the bottom right hand corner.