Peter Newcombe (1943- ) was born in Blisworth, Northamptonshire. He studied illustration and etching at Northampton School of Art, where he won a travelling scholarship. His work first came to public attention in 1968 with a set of twelve large drawings illustrating ‘The Shepherds Calendar’ by John Clare, which were featured on BBC television. In 1970 he was awarded a major art grant from the Elizabeth T. Greenshield Foundation in Canada. At this time he began exhibiting widely in London including at the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of British Artists, and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour. In 1979 he designed a set of flower stamps for the Post Office.
The subject matter of Peter Newcombe’s paintings is gathered almost entirely from the area of Northamptonshire in which he lives. His paintings are intense studies of landscape and flora in all seasons, and he has a particular interest in old buildings and wild flowers.
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‘Green Winter’, Everdon, Northamptonshire
An oil on panel measuring 24” x 36”. Signed Peter Newcombe and dated 1990. Provenance: exhibited in one-man show at Savage Fine Art in September 1991 (no. 12) and illustrated in No Need of Words limited edition book, no. 2 (labels verso).
Next to the illustration of this painting in No Need of Words, Newcombe notes…
…‘Everdon has perhaps the most beautiful setting of any Northamptonshire village. It lays in an amphitheatre of rolling hills and woods… This is the view from ‘Tater’ hill, and from here the landscape is immense. A field of winter wheat runs quickly down to the flat pastures around the church, a large 14th-century brown stone building with a magnificent buttressed tower.’
Fallen Elm near Alderton, Northamptonshire
A watercolour measuring 12½” x 17”. Signed Peter Newcombe and dated 1974. Provenance: sometime with the Furneaux Gallery, 23 Church Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 (label verso). Inscribed verso in pen: ‘Fallen Elm nr. Alderton’.
Dark Lane, Grimscote, Northamptonshire
A watercolour measuring 9” x 8”. Signed Peter Newcombe and dated 1986. Inscribed verso in pen: ‘Dark Lane. Grimscote’.