Attributed to Frederick James Porter
A snowy square
Oil on canvas, in an early 20th century gold painted wood frame
46 x 30.5 cm; 60 x 45 cm framed
This most probably depicts either the west side of Russell Square or Brunswick Square, which was demolished in the 1960’s to make way for the Brunswick Shopping Centre and the north wing of International Hall. James Burton laid out both squares for the Duke of Bedford and the Foundling Hospital respectively, around 1800, and the buildings depicted are characteristic of his developments.
Born in Auckland, Frederick James Porter (1883 - Essex, 1944) studied painting with C. F. Goldie and then c.1907 went to Melbourne to study art and thence to Paris to the Julian Academy for three years. He worked in England as a professional artist and was a draughtsman and designer for the British Government during WWI. Porter was a member of the London Group from 1916 and Vice - President from 1925–35. He painted in France and England. He painted landscapes and still lives and snowscapes. In 1927 he shared a show with Roger Fry at Lefevre Gallery and was associated with the Bloomsbury Group.
His work is included in the collections of the Tate Gallery, London, Manchester City Art Gallery and other regional British museums, as well as national collections in New Zealand.
There was a snowy winter in 1928-9, which may date this painting- Porter painted other snowscapes that winter.
Frame is period and has the odd scratch commensurate with age.