- c. 1910
- Oil on canvas
- Presented by the Canterbury Society of Arts, 1932
- 710 x 915mm
In On the Uplands John Arnesby Brown has used his favourite subject, cattle on rolling Norfolk hills, to full advantage. He has captured a sense of ‘rural arcadia’ removed from the modern industrialised world of cities.
Brown’s technique is very painterly. He has applied oil paint thickly and with broad strokes and occasionally he has used a palette knife to enhance the finished result. The over-all appearance is sweeping and vigorous.
Brown was born in Nottingham, England. He trained there and, later, at the Herkomer Art School in Bushey. During the 1890’s Brown moved to St Ives where he concentrated on producing his rural scenes, which were well received in their day. Brown began exhibiting at the Royal Academy in 1890 and was elected as a Royal Academician in 1915. He received a knighthood in 1938.