|Campbell Archibald Mellon RBA, ROI (1876-1955).|
"The Boating Pond and Beach at Gorleston".
Oil on board
Signed lower right.
8 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches.
By family descent from the artist.
Purchased from the MacConnal-Mason Gallery, London, in 2000.
Gorleston model yacht pond (as it was originally known) was built in 1918 and has been used for model boating ever since. It's open aspect, close to the sea meant that a breeze would almost always be available for families to enjoy a relaxing time sailing model boats. The early wind-powered yachts would have been sailed from one side of the lake to the other.
Campbell Archibald Mellon RBA, ROI (1876-1955).:
Painter in oils particularly of East Anglian beach and coastal scenes, Campbell Archibald Mellon started out as a businessman and began painting when he moved to Nottingham where he studied under Carl Brenner. It was not until he settled in Gorleston-on-Sea in Norfolk in his forties that he began to paint professionally. It was there that he received tuition from Sir John Arnesby Brown RA who painted in a similar style. Mellon became known for his small breezy panel paintings of the Norfolk seaside although he also painted many inland scenes in Norfolk, Suffolk, the Wye Valley, Sussex and Kent. He was a member of the Society of British Artists and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. His work is represented in public collections in Bristol, Yarmouth, Sheffield and elsewhere.