FRANK GRESLEY (1855 - 1936)






late 19th, early 20th century




Bottom RHS


Painting measuremant

445 mm x 280 mm

(17.5 inch x 11.inch)

Framed measurement

630 mm x 460 mm

(25 inch x 18 inch) 




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Fabulous good sized watercolour painting by the very collectable Derbyshire artist Frank Gresley. The painting is a scene across the River Trent looking towards, what we think is the village of Alrewas, 5 miles north of Lichfield. The painting is in good condition with the colours still nice and vivid. The church is depicted in the background against a really wonderfully painted sky. There are thatched cottages and buidlings clustered around the church with the Trent River running towards you in the foreground. There is a curved weir skilfully painted in the middle of the piece, giving a lovely sense of movement and the reflections in the water are just beautiful. There are figures with a small boat on the far bank of the river and a figure walking a dog on the near bank, along with a number of cattle making their way down to the waters edge. The signature is faint but you can make it out 

FRANK GRESLEY (1855 - 1936)

Frank Gresley was a British artist from a well known artistic family. He painted mainly landscapes, of which the best known are those of the River Trent at Swarkestone, Barrow upon Trent and Ingleby, Derbyshire. His father, James Stephen Gresley, was an artist, and his two sons Harold and Cuthbert also became artists.

Frank Gresley became a prestigious landscape artist. Well known and respected in his hometown of Chellaston, he was the father of later Gresley's Cuthbert and Harold. Situated in the suburbs of Derby for much of his life, his paintings of Derby villages are highly sought after by local residents. His works of Swarkestone, Barrow-upon-Trent and Chellaston offer collectors a piquant snapshot of a rural and simplified past. Most of Frank's works are executed in watercolour, and it goes without a doubt that he was influenced by his father's style - of pastoral, vivid and colourful scenes that glorify the rural scenes of Derbyshire. 

Gresley lived most of his life in Chellaston, Derbyshire. Some of his paintings were donated to Derby Museum and Art Gallery by Alfred E. Goodey.