Oil on canvas, frame measures 31.5" by 20", canvas measures 34" by 12". Signed and dated 1909 lower right. Labeled on the stretcher on reverse.
James Topping - 1879-1948
This oil painting was done in Rydal Water, a lake just about an hour east of where Topping was born in Cleator Moor, Cumberland.
"Landscape painter James Topping was born February 25, 1879 in Cleator Moor, Cumberland, England. He took his art training with John Adamson at Cumberland Technical School of Art in England in 1894-1896, and at the Art Institute of Chicago with Louis Wilson in 1904, 1909, 1912-1914. Topping lived, at various times, in England from 1879-1903, moving to Chicago from 1903-1922, and to Oak Park, Illinois from 1922 until his death on July 24, 1948. He married Emily Allen on October 16, 1904 in Cripple Creek, Colorado." Biography from AskArt.com