Ryuson Chuso Matsuyama (1880-1954)
A group of 3 watercolours of Amberley, West Sussex:
a: A Cottage in Amberley, 145 mm x 211 mm; watercolour on Whatman board, signed with initials, bottom left and dated 1920. Cropped inscription verso, possibly related, 27 – 5 – 22/ Amberley/ Mrs Parlett’s Cottage
b: Amberley thatch, 251 mm x 158 mm; watercolour on cream paper, a slight crease to the right hand side, signed and dated bottom left R C Matsuyama 1930. Inscribed verso: Amberley 7 – 8 – 30
c: Farmhouse under the Downs, 195 mm x 277 mm; watercolour on heavy cream paper. Signed and dated, bottom left, 1931 R C Matsuyama. Inscribed verso, Amberley 10 – 7 – 31
Ryuson Matsuyama was a member of an important group of Japanese artists working in Britain in the first half of the 20th century. His richly-worked watercolour landscapes of London and southern England gained great popularity with both British and Japanese ex-patriot audiences. Matsuyama remained in England throughout his life, and became a naturalised British citizen in 1947.
Matsuyama loved the towns and countryside of West Sussex, which became a favourite subject from the 1920’s until his death. He frequently revisited the sweeping landscapes above the seaside towns of Rustington and Littlehampton, and the downlands north of Arundel, where the picturesque nature of the town of Amberley was of special interest.
All works are sold loose, unframed and unmounted.
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