Ponies on Dartmoor

Ponies on Dartmoor

Thomas Rowden (1842 – 1926)

Watercolour. Signed.

17½” x 29¾” (44.5 cm x 75.6 cm)

Thomas Rowden specialised in pictures of ponies, sheep and cattle roaming free on Dartmoor. He was born in Exeter on February 7, 1842 and grew up in the city. He became a joiner by trade, like his father, but interrupted his apprenticeship to enlist in The Royal Marines. Rowden served for 21 years and was based at Stonehouse Barracks in Plymouth. He married in 1886, by which time he stated his profession as artist. He was self-taught and exhibited work at The Royal Hibernian Academy. On Rowden’s death, his obituary described him as “a painter endowed with great talent” and stated: “Mr. Rowden was highly successful in bringing about the romantic beauty of Dartmoor, its boundless space and bold scenery … He had a remarkable sense of colour and an excellent composition, and there was altogether in his pictures a stimulating vitality.”