1852 – 1922
1852 – 1922
Value: 20.000€ plus
Langley Walter was one of the leading lights of the Newlyn school at the turn of the century. Following his studies at the South Kensington Art School in London he receives a sizeable commission from a client which enabled him to move with his family to Newlyn in 1881. Here, he maintained that he was “the first figure painter to depict incidents in the lives of fisherfolk”. Undoubtedly he, was the first to bring the Newlyn School to public prominence in the early 1880’s.
The “Newlyn Brotherhood” were attracted to this part of Cornwell because it afforded the possibility of painting outdoors all year round. Langley’s works are expressed with sincerity and directness which characterizes this school of painters and in Langley’s case it was his studies of interiors, not just paintings en plein-air wait which established his reputation.
Langley was unique among the Newlyn artists in his mastery of the technique of watercolour. The great majority of his exhibited works are in this medium, and it was not until in 1892 that he exhibited any works in oils.
He exhibited in London from 1890 until 1919 at the Royal Academy, Royal Society of British artists and at the New Watercolour Society. He was elected member of the R.I. in 1883.
In 1998 there was a major retrospective exhibition held at the Birmingham City Art Gallery and in Cornwall. The artist is also subject of a recent book and catalogue raisonné.