In the Highlands
oil on canvas
signed by both artists, titled on a plaque on the frame and dated 1850
28 x 36 in, 71.1 x 91.4 cm
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000 CAD
Sold for: $23,750
Sold sale of Christie's London, November 19, 1904, lot 130
Collection of Eyles
Sold sale of Sotheby's Belgravia, February 6, 1973, lot 154
Collection of Proctor Pearson
Clarendon Gallery, Manchester
Sold sale of Christie's London, April 25, 1975, lot 57
McDonald Booth Gallery Ltd., London,
Acquired from the above by Philip Hicks, 1975
Acquired from the Estate of Philip Hicks by the present Private Collection, Toronto, 2017
Stephen Sartin, Thomas Sidney Cooper, 1976, listed page 62, catalogue #82
Kenneth J. Westwood, Thomas Sidney Cooper C.V.O., R.A.: His Life and Work, Volume 2, 2011, listed page 10, catalogue #L/C20, also titled “Herding Cattle across a Bridge in a Mountainous Landscape”
This fine painting is a rare collaboration between two famous British artists, Frederick Richard Lee and Thomas Sidney Cooper. Lee had a flair for picturesque landscapes while Cooper’s forte was his talent for depicting cattle and sheep. Cooper was so well known for his paintings of cattle that he was known as ‘Cow Cooper’.
The two met in London in the 1840s and, in 1847, Lee invited Cooper to stay with him at his country house in Devon. There, they discussed the possibility of collaborating on paintings with each playing to his strength; Lee painting the wonderful expansive landscapes and Cooper using the foreground as a blank canvas on which to depict his cows and sheep.
It turned out to be a fortuitous collaboration. Both artists were at the height of their popularity in the 1850s and the paintings were well-received by their many wealthy patrons and multiple commissions followed. Fifteen joint works were exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1848 – 1856. This painting comes with an excellent provenance and is included in the 2011 Kenneth J. Westwood catalogue of the works of Thomas Sidney Cooper.
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