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Highland Landscape with Cattle Image
Highland Landscape with Cattle
Artist:Alfred Augustus Glendening 1840-1910
£5950
A Highland River, Evening Image
A Highland River, Evening
Artist:Alfred de Breanski Jnr. 1877-1945
£4950
Henley on Thames Image
Henley on Thames
Artist:Robert Gallon 1845-1925
£6950
The Ford Image
The Ford
Artist:John Linnell 1792-1882
£24950
Moel Siabod Image
Moel Siabod
Artist:William Henry Mander 1850-1922
£6950
Reaping Image
Reaping
Artist:James Thomas Linnell 1823-1905
£12950
Landscapes
Highland Landscape with Cattle
£5950
Highland Landscape with Cattle Image

This is a very fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting a spectacular Scottish Highland landscape with cattle watering at the shoreline of a loch in summertime by the famous Victorian artist Alfred Augustus Glendening Snr. (1840-1910). The painting is signed by the artist.

Glendening is best known for his beautifully detailed landscape views, particularly those featuring large bodies of water. Perhaps his most desirable works are those depicting magnificent rural views of the River Thames and – as in the case of the painting being sold here – the Highlands of Scotland.

Along with Benjamin Williams Leader and Alfred de Breanski Snr, Glendening became one of the most popular British landscape artists of the second half of the 19th century. Today landscapes by Glendening are arguably even more popular, and in great demand on both sides of the Atlantic.

Between 1861 and 1903 Glendening exhibited 47 paintings at the Royal Academy, together with 77 works at the Royal Society of British Artists and numerous others at the British Institution between 1861 and 1892.

Dimensions: (framed) 89cm x 53cm (35” x 21”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 77cm x 41cm (30¼” x 16¼”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private UK collection.
Presentation: Mid 1900s British Baroque style gilt frame.

Artist:Alfred Augustus Glendening 1840-1910
A Highland River, Evening
£4950
A Highland River, Evening Image

This is a large fine 19th century landscape oil on canvas depicting a spectacular evening sunset over a river in the Highlands of Scotland by the celebrated English landscape artist, Alfred de Bréanski Jnr. (1877-1945). ‘A Highland River, Evening’ is signed by the artist and hangs in a late 19th century Baroque gilt frame.

 

Like his famous artist father Alfred de Bréanski Sr., Alfred de Bréanski Jnr (or Alfred Fontville de Bréanski as he is also known) frequently painted the mountainous landscapes of the Scottish Highlands, though his style was slightly less formal. De Breanski exhibited Highland landscapes at the Royal Academy in London, and with the Royal Society of British Artists at the Suffolk Street Gallery.

 

Dimensions: (framed) 101cm x 76cm (39¾” x 30”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 76cm x 51cm (30” x 20”)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Provenance: Private UK collection.

Presentation: 19th century Louis XV gilt swept frame.

Condition: Very good. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Light craquelure commensurate with age. Ready to hang.

Artist:Alfred de Breanski Jnr. 1877-1945
Henley on Thames
£6950
Henley on Thames Image

This is a very large fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting a man and his dog walking across an old wooden bridge at Hambleden Weir, ‘Henley-on-Thames’ in Oxfordshire by the famous British landscape painter Robert Gallon (1845-1925). This wonderfully executed summer landscape is signed by the artist and – as with all of the paintings we sell – presented framed and in superb condition. Robert Gallon is one of my personal favourites of the period and this is as fine an example of his work I have ever come across.

Between 1868 to 1903 Robert Gallon exhibited 32 works at The Royal Academy and 27 at the British Institution. One of the finest late Victorian landscape painters, Gallon’s precision and attention to detail is on a par with that of his contemporary Benjamin Williams Leader.

Dimensions: (framed) 117cm x 76cm (46” x 30”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 102cm x 62cm (40” x 24½”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private UK collection.
Presentation: Mid-20th century Louis XV swept giltwood frame.
Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Lined circa 1980. Ready to hang.

Artist:Robert Gallon 1845-1925
The Ford
£24950
The Ford Image

This is a very fine and very large mid-19th century landscape oil on canvas of cattle being herded across a river at sunset by the world famous British painter John Linnell (1792-1882). Entitled ‘The Ford’, this very important Victorian landscape painting is signed by the artist and dated 1858. Such was John Linnell’s success and fame in the first three quarters of the 19th century that a great many copies of his work and outright fakes purporting to be by Linnell were painted.

 

Crucially the painting being sold here can be traced back to the definitive catalogue of Linnell’s known works initially compiled by the artist’s biographer A.T. Story in 1892. Once you have seen and studied a genuine Linnell the fakes become easy to spot. Naturally you will always find one or two of these on ebay, but even those unfamiliar with his work need only to google images of Linnell’s vivid, dramatic landscapes to recognise the real thing.

 

If you were to ask most people today who were the two most famous landscape painters of Victorian Britain they would probably say Turner and Constable. Turner is certainly one, but the other is John Linnell. Prior to 1900, Constable’s work always played second fiddle to the highly charged romanticism of Linnell.

 

John Linnell exhibited at the Royal Academy from the age of 15 and despite initially becoming famous at a portraitist, it was as a brilliant painter of poetical landscapes that prompted both his great acclaim and the resentment of John Constable. Linnell’s confident and forthright nature – especially his readiness to ensure his wealthy patrons paid promptly for the paintings they purchased – never endeared him to the elite grandees of the Royal Academy, but it was malicious and false gossip spread by John Constable that probably help prevent Linnell’s election as a Royal Academician.

 

So successful and famous was Linnell that by the 1860s his exclusion was considered a public scandal, and a panicked Royal Academy repeatedly invited Linnell to put his name down for an associateship. He refused, and instead published a pamphlet attacking the Academy’s exclusivity; a unique and brilliant man, as well as painter.

 

Nevertheless, Linnell was greatly esteemed during his lifetime by most of his peers, and as a landscape artist he was considered second only to JMW Turner. Upon his death in 1882, The Times obituary said ‘A glory seems to have faded from the domain of British Art. England mourns John Linnell, the most powerful of landscape painters since Turner died’.

 

Between 1807 and 1881 John Linnell exhibited 177 paintings at the Royal Academy, and 92 at the British Institution. During his long career John Linnell was a patron and financial supporter of William Blake, Samuel Palmer and the young Pre Raphaelites.

 

Recommended reading: ‘The Life of John Linnell’ by A.T. Story’ and ‘Blake, Palmer & Linnell’ by David Linnell.

 

Dimensions: (framed) 119cm x 91cm (46¾” x 35¾”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 96cm x 68cm (37¾” x 26¾”)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Provenance: Very fine private UK collection.

Presentation: Magnificent Louis XV style swept giltwood frame.

Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned. Lined circa 1980. Ready to hang.

Artist:John Linnell 1792-1882
Moel Siabod
£6950
Moel Siabod Image

This is a very large fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting figures and a horse and cart in an extensive landscape depicting the two ridges of the iconic Welsh mountain of ‘Moel Siabod’ by the celebrated Victorian artist William Henry Mander (1850-1922). The painting is signed by the artist.

 

William Henry Mander was one of the principle artists of late 19th century Birmingham School of landscape artists. Like many of his contemporaries he became fascinated by the wild beauty of North Wales and lived there from 1899 to 1906.

 

Between 1881 and 1914, Mander exhibited 122 works at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, 7 paintings at the Royal Cambrian Academy, and 14 at the Royal Hibernian Academy.

 

Dimensions: (framed) 114cm x 79cm (45” x 31”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 97cm x 61cm (38” x 24”)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Provenance: Private UK collection.

Presentation: 1900s British Baroque swept giltwood frame.

Condition: Excellent. Professionally cleaned, restored and lined circa 2000. Ready to hang.

Artist:William Henry Mander 1850-1922
Reaping
£12950
Reaping Image

This is a huge fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting rural workers during a late summer afternoon ‘Reaping’ the harvest in an extensive English landscape of Surrey by the eminent Victorian artist James Thomas Linnell (1823-1905). This major work was exhibited at the Royal Academy Exhibition of 1870. The painting is signed by the artist and dated 1870. The accompanying images (above) show an article discussing this critically acclaimed painting in the Art Journal of 1872.

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in the very finest condition it can be for its age, having just been professionally cleaned and re-varnished.

James Thomas Linnell’s style and subject matter was similar to that of his famous father John Linnell (1792-1882). James grew up in the same social circle as his father’s great friend William Blake, and Samuel Palmer, his brother-in-law, who was another important influence on his work.

Between 1850 and 1888, James Linnell exhibited 38 paintings at the Royal Academy, the painting being sold here being the twenty fourth.

Dimensions: (framed) 168cm x 113cm (66” x 44½”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 158cm x 102cm (62¼” x 40”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private UK collection.
Presentation: Original 19th century giltwood frame with gadrooned border ornamentation.
Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

Artist:James Thomas Linnell 1823-1905
Landscapes
Highland Landscape with Cattle Image
Highland Landscape with Cattle
This is a very fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting a spectacular Scottish Highland landscape with cattle watering at the shoreline of a loch in summertime by the famous Victorian artist Alfred Augustus Glendening Snr. (1840-1910). ... Read More
Artist:Alfred Augustus Glendening 1840-1910
£5950
A Highland River, Evening Image
A Highland River, Evening
This is a large fine 19th century landscape oil on canvas depicting a spectacular evening sunset over a river in the Highlands of Scotland by the celebrated English landscape artist, Alfred de Bréanski Jnr. (... Read More
Artist:Alfred de Breanski Jnr. 1877-1945
£4950
Henley on Thames Image
Henley on Thames
This is a very large fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting a man and his dog walking across an old wooden bridge at Hambleden Weir, ‘Henley-on-Thames’ in Oxfordshire by the famous British landscape painter Robert Gallon (1845-192... Read More
Artist:Robert Gallon 1845-1925
£6950
The Ford Image
The Ford
This is a very fine and very large mid-19th century landscape oil on canvas of cattle being herded across a river at sunset by the world famous British painter John Linnell (1792-1882). Entitled ?... Read More
Artist:John Linnell 1792-1882
£24950
Moel Siabod Image
Moel Siabod
This is a very large fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting figures and a horse and cart in an extensive landscape depicting the two ridges of the iconic Welsh mountain of ‘Moel Siabod’ by the ... Read More
Artist:William Henry Mander 1850-1922
£6950
Reaping Image
Reaping
This is a huge fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting rural workers during a late summer afternoon ‘Reaping’ the harvest in an extensive English landscape of Surrey by the eminent Victorian artist James Thomas Linnell (1823-1905).... Read More
Artist:James Thomas Linnell 1823-1905
£12950