This is a large fine 19th century Welsh landscape oil on canvas depicting cattle and men with horses working in the fields at the foot of mountainous peaks by the important Victorian landscape painter Sidney Richard Percy (1822-1886). ‘Summer in Snowdonia’ is signed by the artist and hangs in a very beautiful Louis XVI style swept giltwood frame.

 

Sidney Richard Percy was the fifth son of the celebrated English landscape painter Edward Williams (1781-1855), and a relative and pupil of the eminent early 19th century English painters James Ward and George Morland. The name Williams is one of the most famous in British art history, and S.R. Percy was perhaps its most gifted painter. Just as his brothers Henry John Boddington (1811-1865) and Arthur Gilbert (1819-1895) had done, Sidney Williams changed his name in order to distinguish himself from the other members of the Williams family.

 

Between 1842 and 1886 Percy exhibited at all the leading Victorian art venues showing 76 paintings at the Royal Academy, 48 at the British Institution, and 73 with the Royal Society of British Artists at the Suffolk Street Gallery. Today, landscapes by S.R. Percy are in great demand and sell at Sotheby’s and Christie’s, and through many of the world’s most eminent dealers.

 

Dimensions: (framed) 96cm x 68cm (37¾” x 26¾”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 77cm x 49cm (30¼” x 19¼”)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Provenance: Private UK collection.

Presentation: Early-20th century Louis XVI giltwood swept frame.

Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Professionally lined and restored circa 1950. Ready to hang.

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