Hidden painting discovered
12 June 2019
Conservators have uncovered an exquisite watercolour by the Devonian artist Albert Moulton Foweraker (1873-1942).
The exciting discovery was made during the conservation of paintings for A Sense of Place (18 June to 15 March 2020), the next exhibition of RAMM’s Fine Art. The work was found hidden beneath Albert Moulton Foweraker’s painting Palma, Majorca. A Sense of Place draws on a wide selection of works from the 18th century to the 20th century. Together they show how artists have sought to capture the essential characteristics that define places as varied as Cairo and Florence.
Excited by this unexpected addition to the city’s collection, curator Michele Green said “It is thrilling to be the first to set eyes on this painting for 100 years. The painting is exquisite. It has all the characteristics of Foweraker’s Impressionistic style and demonstrates his skill in depicting the effects of light upon the landscape. The foreground is dominated by a cluster of rocks set against a wooded hillside. In the distance the eye is drawn to a craggy hillside illuminated and seemingly ablaze with the orange glow of the sun’s light.”
A M Foweraker
Foweraker was educated at Exeter Cathedral School, then Christ’s College Cambridge. He was awarded a degree in applied science in 1893 and later qualified as a milling engineer. He worked both as an engineer and journalist in Exeter and occasionally as a science demonstrator at Exeter Technical College.
In 1898 he took up art professionally. A prolific local artist he painted many landscapes of Devon, Cornwall and Dorset. In 1902 he was admitted to the Royal Society of British Artists and moved to West Cornwall and the village of Lelant near Carbis Bay.
Foweraker became a teacher of watercolour at Algernon Talmadge’s Cornish School of Landscape and Sea Painting based in St Ives. He exhibited regularly in London and regional galleries exhibiting 50 works alone between 1902 and 1912 at the Royal Society of British Artists. Throughout his career he made frequent trips to Spain and visited North Africa and the South of France. Many of his Impressionistic paintings were inspired by these travels.
See the newly-found painting
The newly-discovered Foweraker painting of the craggy hillside is now on display in the exhibition, A Sense of Place (18 June to 15 March 2020).