Firstly, probably Marlow’s best known and most prolific artist Frank Percy Wild, 1861 - 1950. Born in Leeds but spending the largest part of his life residing at Gossmore House.

He is buried in All Saints churchyard. This painting is titled “Leaving Marlow Lock”.

Three more examples of his local scenes are displayed in Court Garden House. His daughter Enid featured in many of his Thames pictures.

Second is “Marlow Ferry” by Frederick W. (Fred) Walker, 1840 – 1875, who was described by Sir John Millais as “the greatest artist of the century”.

Fred also painted another similar scene, both depicting the wharf at the bottom of St. Peter Street, where the old wooden bridge had once stood.

The Two Brewers, not much changed today, is on the right. Possibly not visible in this reproduction are the initials F.W. and a date of 1865 on the stern of the boat.

More up to date is T.Hansford White’s view of the High Street in the late 1940s with a horse drawn milk float standing by the kerb, probably Hughes’ Dairy or maybe Tucker’s Dairy.

His father, also T.Hansford White, designed our War Memorial. Alongside, not signed, is this watercolour of the former wooden bridge which crossed from St. Peter Street to the east side of the Compleat Angler Hotel.

At the date of this painting it was just a modest little inn for fishermen known as “The Anglers”. The hanging sign is visible.

Another High Street scene, this one by Bovingdon Green resident William (Bill) Newton Taylor, Head of Art at Wycombe Technical College; born 1911 but date of death uncertain.

I have an original of his, the crossroads at Bovingdon Green, but Victor Bruce, a very popular former Marlow Doctor, and his wife Dorothy knew him well and had amassed a large collection which decorated their Claremont Road house.

A few years after Victor’s retirement they moved to Scotland.

Finally a lovely scene by Henry Pether, 1800 - 1880. Most of his Thames paintings were night time views and he earned the nickname “Moonlight” Pether, gaining inspiration from his father who painted in a similar style.

In last week’s Woolworths column the “Daphne” I remembered was Daphne Price and not Daphne Jones. Apologies.

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