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Top of Pass, Kadagannawa from the CGR (Ceylon General Railways), Colombo to Kandy

13 x 15.5 cm
Watercolor and pencil
Initialed and dated, 1927

Peter Bousfield

Peter Bousfield was an Australian artist who was a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute and the Royal Art Society of New South Wales. In 1935, Bousfield was a finalist for the Wynne Prize, Australia's longest-running and most prestigious art prize for landscape painting and figure sculpture. Bousfield travelled the world extensively from 1906-1938, painting charming, intimate watercolors of his observations. These are now seen as of historical interest. In 'The Story of Australian Art', author William Moore referred to Peter Bousfield's watercolors as "freshly painted landscapes suffused with bright colour." This is reaffirmed by Bousfield's series of watercolors from his two-year sojourn in Ceylon from 1927-1929.