GEORGE ANDERSON SHORT
Signed and dated 1918
Frame size: 19¼ x 16½ inches / 48.8 x 41.9 cm
Stock number: 019266/APR18
A lovely early 20th century watercolour painting of two Victorian Staffordshire figures, one a young woman standing by a bridge over a river with her left arm resting on a basket, beside her is a smaller figure of a young man with a violin by his side. This comes from my personal collection and over the years I have tried to find either or both of these figures, without success. I always wanted to display the two figures with the painting above them. Hopefully the new owner will have more success than I did.
In all my years of dealing, this is the only painting I have come across of Staffordshire figures and I think it therefore is a rarity because of the subject matter. There may be others out there and if so, I hope people will send me photographs of their paintings.
George Anderson Short was born in Kirkharle, Northumbria in 1856, his family moved to Halifax where George married Alice Spencer, sister of the owner of Spencers Wool Staplers. George worked as a carpet designer at Dean Clough Mills in Halifax and lived in Manor Heath Halifax.
In 1907 George moved to Snaith, and later returned to live in Saville Park Halifax in 1927. George was a prolific artist, during his life he painted about 2000 pieces of work in oils and watercolours, mostly concentrating on sporting scenes, wild fowl, hunt meets, gypsy scenes and local scenes in Snaith and Halifax, including the Halifax horse market. He sold very little of his work other than a few commission pieces, the most well known of which was bought in 1901 by Messrs Frost and Reel of Bristol as a campanion to a picture entitled “The Highland Raiders” by Joseph Farquharson R.A. George Anderson Short died in 1945 and his extensive collection of works (approximately 2000 paintings) was later sold be his daughter in about 1988. Works by George Anderson Short are highly sought after by collectors of his work in the West Yorkshire region and examples very seldom come to market.