The Witches Boat
We are delighted to announce the purchase of ‘The Witches Boat’, a pen and water colour painting by Richard. E. Clarke (1878-1954). Richard studied, and later taught, at the renowned Art School in Scarborough founded by artist, yacht designer, sailor and writer Albert Strange in the early 1900s. He gained recognition as a watercolourist and engraver, and exhibited at London galleries and at the Royal Academy, and at the Yorkshire Art Exhibition. He was also an art teacher at Scarborough Boys’ High School, and in 1937 became the first ever president of Scarborough Art Society, which still flourishes today.
Clarke was the younger brother of William James Clarke (1871-1945), the renowned naturalist and folklorist whose extensive collection of charms and amulets formed the basis of the popular Scarborough Art Gallery exhibition Fears, Foes and Faeries in 2012. Clarke’s tiny objects collected between 1913 and 1945 are not only fascinating in themselves but are also key to many tales of folklore and local superstition, some of which are on the verge of being lost to time and others that still survive in some form today.
The painting isn’t dated but seems to be circa 1920’s/30’s