St Botolph’s Priory
Collect Art have this wonderful rare watercolour by the English impressionist Edgar Rowley Smart 1887-1934. It is titled ‘St Botolph’s Priory’ and measures 14″ x 10″
St Botolph’s Priory was a medieval Augustinian religious house in Colchester, Essex and had the distinction of being the first and leading Augustinian convent in England until is dissolution in 1536.
Edgar Rowley Smart was one of Manchester’s most notable impressionists along with Adolphe Valette.
Born 26 January 1887 in Cheetham Hill, Rowley Smart studied at Manchester School of Art 1901-3, and in Liverpool 1903-6 under F. V. Burridge. He was also influenced by the work of Augustus John at Manchester Academy of Fine Art 1906-7; then École des Beaux-Arts, Paris.
He was a member of the Sandon Society, Liverpool, 1907, and founder of the Society of Modern Painters, Manchester, 1912. He Served in France 1914-19, which undermined his health. Stayed with Augustus John in Dorset; later lived mostly in France.
His work is in various public galleries including Manchester City Art Gallery and the Tate. Indded, one of the most popular pictures in Manchester Art Gallery is a large portrait of Smart by Valette.
He had a major retrospective exhibition at Manchester 1933.