This is a large fine mid-19th century oil on canvas of a small herd of cows drinking from a river whilst a woman talks to a man with a collie dog before an extensive wooded landscape by the famous listed Victorian artist Edward Charles Williams (1807-1881). ‘Evening at the Riverside’ is signed by the artist.
A member of perhaps the most famous family of British 19th century artists, Edward Charles Williams was the eldest son of the celebrated painter Edward Williams and brother to Henry John Boddington, Sidney Richard Percy, Arthur Gilbert, George Augustus Williams and Alfred Walter Williams. During his lifetime Edward Charles Williams exhibited 19 works at the Royal Academy, 23 at the British institution, and 10 at with the Royal Society of British Artists.
Heavily influenced by the masters of 17th and 18th Dutch School of landscape painters, E.C. Williams work is sometimes confused with that of his father (not least has he often signed ‘E. Wms’ excluding his middle initial) but Edward Charles Williams was a finer draftsman.
Measurements (inc. frame): 97cm x 67cm (38” x 26½”)
Measurement (canvas only): 79cm x 51cm (31” x 20”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Purchased in the 1920s from the Cooling Galleries, New Bond Street, London. Purchased in the 1990s at Sotheby’s sale of British Old Masters. Numerous other ex-Christie’s / Bonhams etc. auction stock numbers verso. Latterly in fine private West London collection.
Presentation: 1900s British Baroque pierced and swept frame.
Condition: Excellent. Professionally cleaned, and restored. Ready to hang.