A very fine 19th or early 20th century oil on canvas seascape by James Aitken. Exceptional quality and condition seascape with a rainbow and flock of birds off the British coast in showery weather. Signed lower right. Exhibition labels and old auction stencil verso. Presented in its original gilt frame.
Artist: James Aitken (British, active 1880-1935)
Title: Showery Weather
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 23.5 x 19.5 in (60 x 50 cm) framed
James Aitken was born at Newburgh in Fifeshire, Scotland, in 1853/54. He is known to have been active as an artist from 1880 and exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1894-1918. He painted mainly maritime scenes in England and Scotland, and also made several visits to the continent, to paint in France, Italy and Switzerland.
From 1894 he visited the Isle of Man, and liked it so much that he moved there permanently with his family in 1911. They took up residence in Port St. Mary. James Aitken exhibited works at the Royal Academy, the Royal Institute, the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Cambrian Society as well as in the provinces. He was a member of the Liverpool Academy of Arts. Today, he has works in the Warrington Museum, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and the Merseyside Maritime Museum.
James Aitken was the father of John Ernest Aitken, who went on to become an acclaimed artist in his own right.
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