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The Dusty Road

CHARLES, James (1851 - 1906)

The Dusty Road

Date: 1902

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 63.5 x 91.6 cm

Acquired: 1914; Purchase

Accession Number: NMW A 3143

James Charles was born in Warrington, the son of the Welsh cabinetmaker and designer Richard Charles. In 1872 he entered the Royal Academy schools before going to study in Paris. There, he was drawn to Impressionism, and particularly the plein-air movement. On his return to Britain, he exhibited regularly, and had some success abroad, winning medals at the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1889, and the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. This work, exhibited in the 1913-14 Cardiff Exhibition of Works by Certain Modern Artists of Welsh Birth or Extraction, represents the moderately progressive 'British Impressionism' associated with the New English Art Club between the 1890s and the First World War.


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