Skelwith Force - Langdale

WAG 10176


An annotation on the old frame suggests this was a student work by Jardine, painted in 1941. The hallmarks of his practice are already evident: a strangely warped perspective, dark subject matter and use of mixed media. Skelwith Force is a watefall near Ambleside in the Lake District. After rain the water runs high and fast, creating a dramatic and sublime experience. Jardine was born in Wallasey and trained at the Art School there. In 1939 he moved to London to attend the Royal College of Art and then to Ambleside when the College was relocated during the Second World War; presumably this when he made this drawing. Later in his career he returned to Wallasey and taught at the Liverpool School of Art for over 40 years.