Growing up in Yorkshire in the late 19th century, Bertram Priestman was surrounded by beautiful landscapes as well as his father’s considerable art collection. As a young man he travelled extensively visiting Egypt, Palestine and Italy, then went on to train at the Slade School of Art.
A cultured and talented painter he was only 21 when his first work was chosen to be hung at the Royal Academy.
This painting in Worcester City’s collection of the Orwell River in Ipswich was painted in the 1930s, when Priestman had firmly established a reputation for landscape art and had been elected as a member of the Royal Academy. The painting exemplifies his talent for depicting the British countryside in its glowing summertime glory; Frank Brangwyn called him ‘the finest sky painter of our day’.