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Watercolour - In an Orchard, Devon
  • In an Orchard, Devon
    North, John William, born 1842 - died 1924
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In an Orchard, Devon

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    1864 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    North, John William, born 1842 - died 1924 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case TOPIC, shelf 5A

John William North belonged to a small group of artists who became known as the Idyllists. Martin Hardie, in his book 'Watercolour Painting in Britain' describes the landscapes of John William North as revealing 'an almost scientific search for detail in the tangled luxuriance of orchard and copse.' North was very much interested in atmosphere and 'his wish to make drawings tingle and shimmer with light led him to paint multitudinous details melting together, with spots and particles of colour.'

Physical description

Watercolour entitled 'In an Orchard, Devon' depicting a teenage girl or young woman and a child, both seated in an orchard. The younger of the two has apples on her lap and is seated on a tree trunk, while the older girl sits beside a large wooden vessel and an enormous sack, the latter of which is almost at the same height as the tree trunks.

Place of Origin

Britain (painted)


1864 (painted)


North, John William, born 1842 - died 1924 (artist)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed on the back in ink


Height: 4.625 in, Width: 8.25 in

Descriptive line

Watercolour by John William North entitled 'In an Orchard, Devon'. Great Britain, 1864.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1925, London: Board of Education, 1926.




Watercolour drawing

Subjects depicted

Orchards; Girls; Apples; Fruit


Paintings; Agriculture


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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