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Wycliffe Egginton (1875-1951) was a landscape painter famed for his stunning watercolour landscapes of the British countryside. Egginton was born to the son of a merchant in Birmingham where he was educated. Eggington moved to Devon in his mature years and became the headmaster of Newton Abbott College, where he focused on oil and watercolour painting in his spare time. His son was the gifted artist Frank Egginton. Collected widely by museums and private individuals, Egginton exhibited frequently at the Royal Academy from 1912 and the Royal Institute. He also had a number of one-man shows in the Fine Art Society and his work was also exhibited at the Royal Institute and the Paris Salon. The dramatic skyline of his landscapes, with mountains shrouded with soft misty washes, imbues Egginton’s paintings with real atmosphere, with stunning vistas enhanced by the immediacy of the foreground with brilliantly captured jagged rock faces or water tumbling towards the viewer. Wycliffe’s ability to accurately create the tones of the heathers in pure watercolour again comes together to give drama and poise to the surrounding landscape.
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