Cover Leat, Roborough Downs, 1878
Philip Mitchell, RI (1814 – 1896)
Watercolour. Signed and dated. Inscribed verso.
7½” x 13″ (19.1 cm x 33 cm)
Although he showed an early interest in art, Philip Mitchell chose a career as a Royal Navy officer before taking up painting professionally. Working predominantly in watercolours, he specialised in landscapes and coastal scenes in Devon and Cornwall. Mitchell was a friend of the renowned marine artists Nicholas Matthew Condy and Oswald Walters Brierly, the latter of whom studied naval architecture in Plymouth. Mitchell was a member of Plymouth Sketching Club and in 1879 became a member of The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, where he exhibited 114 pictures.