Superb Sepia And Watercolour ‘Strand On The Green’ By Peter Luscombe


This beautiful painting by Peter Luscombe captures the idyllic scene of Strand On The Green in stunning sepia and watercolour. Signed by the artist, this original piece is perfect for art collectors or those who appreciate the beauty of London landscapes. The painting depicts the peaceful surroundings of Strand On The Green in Chiswick, as well as the charming activity of feeding birds.

The production technique of this piece is watercolour painting, showcasing Luscombe's skillful use of the medium.

The frame measures approx 56 x 51cm

Will be well packaged and sent via 48hr courier

Bio artist

Born in Plymouth, Peter is an architect, now retired. He has painted throughout his adult life both in producing visual material to support his work as an architect and as a leisure activity. He is a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Painter Stainers and a member of that livery’s Decorative and Fine Art Society of which he is a past chairman.

As well as his connexions with the Painter Stainers’ Company he is member of the Maritime Art Group, the Essex Art Club, of which he is currently vice chairman and the Old Royal Naval College Art Club, formerly the National Maritime Museum Art Club of which he is a past chairman. He exhibits regularly with all of these organisations and has been awarded various prizes including Best Painting with the NMMAC and the Essex Art Club and Best Painting and Best Body of Work with the Painters’ Fine Art Society.

He paints in watercolour and acrylics with a wide variety of subjects, still life, life, landscape and maritime.

History of the area of the Strand on the Green

Strand-on-the-Green is one of Chiswick's four medieval villages, and a "particularly picturesque" riverside area in West London

The hamlet was simply ‘Strand’ from the 13th century to the 17th century, from the Old English word for a bank or shore. This was a fishing community with a ferry service to Kew, and one of the medieval settle­ments that comprised Chiswick. In its early days there was no path along the riverbank, just a series of inter­con­necting wharves.

In the 16th century Strand on the Green allegedly consisted of ‘thirteen houses, fourteen cuckolds and never a house between’. (The extra cuckold was a son who lived with his parents.) The saying was first recorded in 1602 and subse­quently appeared in several dictio­naries of proverbs.

During the 18th century the village attracted wealthy residents who built some grand homes here; and the Ship, Bull’s Head, Bell and Crown and City Barge public houses all came into existence.

The opening of the first Kew Bridge in 1759 improved acces­si­bility, increased land values and drew some of George III’s courtiers when the king was living at Kew Palace.

The German-born painter Johann Zoffany lived at 65 Strand on the Green from 1790 until his death in 1810. Zoffany sometimes used local fishermen as his models, for example as Christ’s disciples.

By 1800 a contin­uous footpath ran along the bank, although it was liable to flooding at high tide. Orchards and market gardens lay behind the water­front prop­er­ties but by the end of the 19th century these were succumbing to building devel­op­ment, and fishing was dying out as the prime liveli­hood of local families. An increasing number of alleyways provided links to the waterfront.

Chiswick council erected the borough’s first municipal housing in Strand on the Green in 1903 and the whole locality was built up by the 1930s. Some bomb-damaged prop­er­ties were replaced after the Second World War and older cottages were renovated. Until the 1970s Strand on the Green retained some indus­trial premises, which were replaced by resi­den­tial prop­er­ties as they succes­sively closed.

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