Painted in 1916, Archer by this time was a soldier serving the Cheshire Regiment. He still had time to paint in moments of rest. It is a pretty scene of village life with a Public House on the right of the painting, possibly in early summer.
The location of the painting has yet to be established,whether is it a tranquil British village or a village in France. We know that Archer was certainly in France in September of that year and was wounded at the Somme in the October. Photographic or written evidence of the location may be discovered in the future.
MATERIALS: Watercolour on board
DIMENSIONS: 9.5″ x 6.5″ (24.5 cm x 16.5 cm)
PROVENANCE: In Archer’s portfolio of paintings as part of the private family collection, UK.
INSCRIPTIONS: Archer has written “714514 Pte A L Smith 4th Cheshire Res 1916” on the front left.
CONDITION: Slight yellow ageing, but colours still bright.
It is anticipated that some of Archer's paintings will be available to purchase as limited edition prints in the future. In the meantime permission has been granted to Paradis Terrestre Greeting Cards to produce high quality greeting cards from some of Archer's paintings.