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Sidney Richard Percy (1822-1886).

The painting – which depicts cattle watering on the River Glaslyn before Cnicht mountain in Snowdonia – is signed by the artist and dated 1873 in which year it was exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists.

Sidney Richard Percy was the fifth son of the celebrated English landscape painter Edward Williams (1781-1855), one of the most famous families in British art history. In my opinion Sidney Richard Percy was 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.

Dimensions: (framed) 116cm x 91cm (45½” x 36”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 96cm x 61cm (38” x 24”)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Provenance: 1873; exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists (no.351). Thence in private UK collection.

Presentation: Fine quality 20th century Louis XV giltwood swept frame.

Condition: Good. Professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

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