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Baldwin Mill

Date made: 1896

Artist: Nicholson, John Miller

Description: Although predominantly known for his harbour and maritime scenes, Nicholson was also an accomplished painter of rural scenes. 'Baldwin Mill' can be appreciated close-up or at normal viewing distance. Near to the canvas we recognise the textured surface of the painting with the distinct brushstrokes and blocks of colour. Stand a few paces back, and we are able to enjoy the overall composition of a mill shown on a still summer’s day. The scene is quiet and deserted apart from storm clouds gathering on the right, threatening a downpour.

Painted in 1896, this view of Baldwin Mill was probably based on a much earlier drawing. Nicholson produced vast quantities of annotated pencil sketches which he used as the basis for often much later paintings; his views of Venice were created twenty years after his visit and initial pencil sketches.

The Baldwin Mill is either the corn mill on the River Glass in the West Baldwin valley, just south of Baldwin village or the paper mill at the junction of the East and West Baldwin valleys on the River Glass. The East and West Baldwin valleys were home to several watermills including paper mills, a Manorial Roll corn mill (listed in 1511-1515), a saw mill and carding mill.

Unlike Archibald Knox’s depiction of mills and waterwheels, 'Baldwin Mill' has been painted in far greater detail making it obvious that it is a mill and waterwheel.

Measurements: artwork: 70 cm x 110.5 cm

Materials: Oil on canvas

Object name: painting

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: 1954-2501/041

Subject tags : Isle of Man


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