Peter Newcombe, oil on panel, Summer

Oil on panel, signed & dated lower right 1975
Image size: 9 1/2 x 10 1/5 inches (24.13 x 25.9 cm)
Ebonised Dutch style frame

In this painting by Newcombe, the warmth of a summer sunset envelopes the rolling landscape. As part of his four-seasons collection this panel, Summer portrays the gentle heat of an orange sky, casting its glow upon the abundant fauna and ruined castle in the hilltop. The castle could be Corfe Castle.

Peter Newcombe

Newcombe (b.1943) was born in Blisworth, Northamptonshire. He studied illustration and etching at Northampton School of Art, where he won a travelling scholarship. His work first came to public attention in 1968 with a set of twelve large drawings illustrating ‘The Shepherds Calendar’ by John Clare, which were featured on BBC television.

In 1970 he was awarded a major art grant from the Elizabeth T. Greenshield Foundation in Canada. At this time he began exhibiting widely in London including at the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of British Artists, and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour. In 1979 he designed a set of flower stamps for the Post Office.

The subject matter of Peter Newcombe’s paintings is gathered almost entirely from the area of Northamptonshire in which he lives. His paintings are intense studies of landscape and flora in all seasons, and he has a particular interest in old buildings and wild flowers.

Northampton Art Gallery
Furneaux Gallery
Royal Academy
Edwin Pollard Gallery