A Yorkshire Mill
Watercolour; signed and dated 1886; labelled verso.
19.25 x 29 inches
Pilsbury was Headmaster at the Leicester School of Art. In London, he exhibited most of his work at the Old Watercolour Society, which became the Royal Watercolour Society in 1881. Painting large landscapes with Ruskinian detail, he was considered one of the ‘new school’ of watercolourists when younger; however by the time this picture was painted, his work had become ‘old school’ in the wake of new developments. A Yorkshire Mill was exhibited locally in Leicester, where it was called a ‘splendid example of his highly-finished work’ (Leicester Chronicle, 1886).
A memorial exhibition of his work was held at the Fine Art Society in 1908, about which a critic wrote that: ‘Since he was elected a member of the Royal Watercolour Society, his style has gradually been formed; by careful study of nature he got that knowledge of her varied moods and mysteries of colour that his later work expressed with such charming simplicity. With dexterous technique it gave the impression of nature’s ever varying and inimitable charm of colour’ (Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser, 1908).