John Bates Noel was the son of the artist David Bates, but changed his name to avoid confusion with his father (Noel was originally his second christian name). Both father and son primarily painted landscape scenes. John Bates Noel was born in Malvern and subsequently lived in Birmingham and other parts of the Midlands. He exhibited from 1893-1909 at the Royal Academy and other exhibitions.
The above work is a typical example of his work in oils and his scenes were often painted in Worcestershire and the West Country. There are also subjects set in France and Switzerland.
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