Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 1941 (exhibit 544)
The Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts 1941 catalogue
In 1940, having spent some years in London and travelled extensively in Italy and Spain's Balearic Islands, Park returned to the Westcountry and St Ives. He had somewhat exhausted the harbour as a subject and by the 1940s it had lost some of its charm and draw for the artist, the fishing luggers being gradually replaced by diesel powered trawlers. Park turned his attention and artist’s eye to the unspoilt landscape and rivers of the Westcountry. The ‘painter of light’ was equally adept at painting a bubbling river on Exmoor as he was the ebb and flow of tide in St Ives harbour. And his remarkable ability to discern and transfer to paint and canvas the spectrum of colours in water is perhaps best seen in these landscapes, which were invariably composed around rivers. ‘Where the Trout Rise’ is a particularly fine example and was one of John Anthony Park’s exhibits in the 1941 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (exhibit 544). It was priced at 80 guineas (verso). Other paintings of this period were snapped up by public collections including ‘Snowfalls on Exmoor’, purchased for the nation by the Trustees of the Chantry Bequest a year earlier in 1940 and now in the Tate.