This is a large fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting a magnificent Scottish Highland loch and high mountains bathed in sunlight by the distinguished Victorian landscape painter Frederick Clive Newcome (1847–1894). This superb landscape is the finest example of Newcome’s work that we have ever seen. The painting signed by the artist, and dated 1873.
Frederick Newcome was a superb painter of light particularly when viewed upon both mountainous landscape and water. His palette and finely detailed execution is similar to that of his contemporaries Benjamin Williams Leader (1831-1923) and Alfred Augustus Glendening (1840-1921).
Newcome’s work was highly praised by the eminent Victorian art critic John Ruskin. When it was shown at the Royal Academy in 1875, the artist’s ‘The Head of a Highland Glen’ was praised by Ruskin as “the best study of torrent including distant and near water that I find in the rooms” adding that “the rest of this mountain scene by Mr. Newcome is also carefully studied, and very right and good”. The same can be said about this earlier work by Newcome painted two years previously in 1873.
Frederick Newcome artist exhibited 9 works at the Royal Academy between 1875 and 1887, and no doubt would have shown many more had he not passed away aged just 47.
Dimensions: (framed) 106cm x 76cm (41¾” x 30”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 92cm x 63cm (36¼” x 24¾”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Sold at Sotheby’s in 1987, thence in private UK collection.
Presentation: New Louis XV swept frame. All of the new frames we commission are especially made for us to order by one of the UK’s top period frame makers.
Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Lined and restored by John Gerrard’s of Cheshire circa 1975. Ready to hang.