Mark Senior

Blue sky and summer - Runswick

Oil on canvas: 20(h) x 24(w) in /

50.8(h) x 61(w) cm

Signed lower right: M Senior

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Hanging Heaton, nr Dewsbury 1862 – 1927 Runswick Bay


Blue sky and summer – Runswick


Signed lower right: M Senior

Oil on canvas: 20 x 24 in / 50.8 x 61 cm

Frame size: 25 x 28 ¾ in / 63.5 x 73 cm

In its original gilded composition frame


Painted in 1915



Mrs M.V. Hudson, the artist’s daughter, then by descent



London, Michael Parkin Fine Art, Mark Senior 1864-1927 of Leeds and Runswick Bay and a few friends, 22nd May to 22nd June 1974, no. 50, illus. p.22

Wakefield, Elizabethan Exhibition Gallery, Mark Senior 1862-1927, 16th April – 2nd July 1983, no. 31, illus.



‘As S.C. Kaines Smith remarked ‘That blue of yours is wonderful; it sings’, and this quality of singing colour was special to Runswick and his understanding of the chemistry of paint. Still today in Runswick the fresh colour of his paint is to be seen on the side of his house where he scraped his palette knife. In a letter he wrote from Runswick, ‘From my window I see a big luminous sky, a ploughed field with patches of snow. In the distance a man is ploughing. A Herald of Spring. What thoughts spring. It makes me feel how glorious it is to be alive.’


It was therefore with the background of Runswick that he developed those qualities which give him a modest but assured place in the tradition of English Impressionism, reinforced as it was by his friendship with Whistler and Tonks, Brown and Steer, whom he used to meet at the Chelsea Arts Club on one or other of his frequent visits to London.’[1]




Mark Senior, Runswick                             Mark Senior, Runswick Bay, North Yorkshire, 1920

Oil on panel: 20.5 x 25.7 cm                    Oil on canvas: 50.7 x 60.8 cm

Kirklees Museums & Galleries                The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds


Mark Senior, Runswick Bay, c. 1925

Oil on board: 23.8 x 33.5 cm

The Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate




Born in West Yorkshire Mark Senior first studied at the Wakefield School of Art before moving to London and attending the Slade where he met James Abbot McNeil Whistler and Philip Wilson Steer who was to become a lifelong friend and with whom he painted at Walberswick in the early 1900s.


In 1891 he moved to Ossett where he lived for the rest of his life and spent his first summer at Runswick. During the 1890s artists such as Frederick Jackson and Fred Mayer began to arrive in the area and the small fishing village became a summer retreat. Senior first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1892 and continued to do so until 1924 and in 1901 was a founder member of the Staithes Art Club along with Laura and Harold Knight. 


[1] Michael Parkin, Mark Senior 1864-1927 of Leeds and Runswick Bay and a few friends, exh cat, 1974, p. 6.

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