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Sidney (Sydney) Percy Winder (1884 - 1966) is best known for his English pastoral and cottage scenes such as Old Cottage Garden in Devonshire, which was reproduced as a popular and widely distributed print (copyrighted by M & B, NY) for the US market. Paintings such as those were a financial necessity to supplement Winder’s income from his art and framing shop in Bolton, England.
But there was a much deeper side to Winder’s art where he strove to represent the elemental forces of ocean and mountain. His early watercolors from St. Ives, Cornwall have much in common with his contemporary Hayley Lever’s watercolors of St. Ives, and clearly demonstrate the impressionist influence.
Winder’s watercolor River and heather flowing through the Highland Woods is probably the best example of his impressionist watercolors. In addition to painting extensively in the Lake District he also travelled through Europe and after his marriage to Eleanor Lunt in 1913 painted in France, Switzerland, and Italy. Surviving paintings from this period include The Matterhorn, 1913.
Winder came from a well-known family of artists. His father was David Horatio Winder (1855 – 1933) who painted a wide range of English and Scottish landscapes, and maritime paintings. His Grandfather was David Winder (1823 – 1912) who is probably best known for his successive commissions to paint Mayors of the City of Bolton (three of which are currently held by the Bolton Museum and Art gallery).
Sidney (Sydney) Winder was born August 1, 1884 in Pendleton, Salford, England. He died June 16, 1966 in Bolton, and is buried within that city in the Heaton Cemetery.
Written and submitted by R. Peter Whittaker, researcher and collector of work by the artist
“Your Paintings” British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
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