A charming naive oil on canvas of a beer delivery to the ‘Commercial’ public house, located in a small village, we assume to have been located in Pembrokeshire, South West Wales.
The brewers horse drawn dray carries the name of W Davis beneath Newport and Crymmych (now spelt Chrymych). Both are small towns on the west coast of Pembrokeshire. ‘The Shah’ may have referred to the name of an Indian Pale Ale, originally brewed for export to the expatriate market in India, but which gained popularity at home too.
With intertwined initial monogram SMB with date 1881 below, bottom left.
Welsh Folk Art School late 19th century.
Framed in a dark moulded frame with slip.
Sight: 19” x 12.25” (48cm x 31cm)
Frame: 24.5" x 18” ( 62cm x 46cm)
In the late 19th century there were dozens of small breweries and public houses in this area. Of these W. H. Hancock became by far the most successful. Originally from Somerset, the company bought up a great many small South Wales breweries and public houses in the 1880’s and 1890’s, of which we can assume Mr Davis’ brewery was one, pictured here in 1881. Hancocks was eventually acquired by Bass Charringtons and became part of Welsh Brewers.
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