Posted by Penelope Lovesy at 07/09/2020 14:17:47
Those of you fond of walking in the Purbeck Hills may recognise the scene in this week’s featured object.
‘Poole Harbour from Creech Barrow’ depicts the eastward view from Creech Barrow Hill, with Poole Harbour in the background and Brownsea Island to the right. Creech Barrow Hill is a steep, conical hill that gets its name from a single bowl barrow at the summit. At 633ft high, it is the highest point of the Dorset Heaths. This depiction of the views was painted in oil in the early 1900s by John Hodgson Lobley (1879-1948).
John Hodgson Lobley was an English artist born in Huddersfield in 1878. He studied in London at the Slade School of Fine Art, the Royal College of Art and the Royal Academy. Initial successes included winning the Turner Gold Meal and a scholarship for landscape painting. Specialising in portrait, figurative and landscape painting, Lobley is perhaps best known for his work as an official war artist during the First World War.
After working, living and marrying in London, Lobley later moved to Dorset. Poole Museum’s art collection also includes a print of a painting by Lobley of West End House, St James’ Close in Poole, where Lobley is listed to have lived in 1928. We also know that ‘Poole from Creech Barrow’ was for sale at an exhibition of the Bournemouth Arts Club in 1947, at the price of 10 guineas.