17” x 20”, watercolor on paper, signed lower left
Exhibited at Phillips Mill Annual Art Exhibition
Painter Ranulph Bye was considered one of the foremost watercolorists in the country, producing over three thousand works between 1953 and his death in 2003. Known for his masterful rendering of rural American landscapes, seascapes, and buildings, Bye also painted many sites throughout the country to illustrate his books on Victorian architecture and old railway depots. However, he found his greatest inspiration in the landscapes of Bucks County.
With strong ties to the New Hope artists' community, Bye was very interested in preserving the essence of Bucks County history in his work. His family has been in the area since 1699, when they received a land-grant from William Penn. He published several books of his work, including Victorian Sketchbook and The Vanishing Depot, and in 2015 he was the subject of a major retrospective, A Sense of Place: Paintings by Ranulph Bye at the James A. Michener Art Museum.
Penny and Warren Wood