'A Bit of Runswick' signed, also signed and inscribed verso, oil on board, 25 x 33cm (9 13/16 x 13in).
Provenance: Phillips & Sons, The Dower House, Cookham.
Mark Senior was one of the founder members of the Staithes Group of Artists, finding inspiration along the Yorkshire coast throughout his life. He owned a small fishermans cottage at Runswick Bay, which he made his studio from Spring to Autumn. Runswick Bay provided willing models amongst its community who would sit for a farthing an hour to eke out a meagre income. The landscape was dramatic and the divisions between seasons quite distinct. Senior studied at the Slade School of Art under Alphonse Legros who acquainted him with the new techniques and colour theories emanating from Paris. Artists like Henry Tonks, James Abbott McNeill Whistler and Philip Wilson Steer were also catalystic in exposing Senior to contemporary French art. From Steer, Senior derived the liquid paint strokes which gives the surface of the composition its own vitality. They became close friends and often accompanied each other on painting trips to Walberswick and also to Bruges. Senior is remembered for being particularly supportive of other artists, helping new members of the group, Laura and Harold Knight and Florence Hess. He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1892, but also showed in Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds. Examples of his work are held in Whitby, Wakefield, Leeds and Huddersfield art galleries.