English ( b.1805 - d.1891 )
|7.9 inches x 15.9 inches ( 20cm x 40.5cm )
|15.2 inches x 23 inches ( 38.5cm x 58.5cm )
Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art in the English county of Dorset, this original painting by Cornelius Pearson with a significant contribution by Thomas Francis Wainewright, is dated 1872.
The watercolour is presented and supplied in a sympathetic pinned corner frame dating from the 1950s or 1960s (which is shown in these photographs), mounted and behind glass.
This antique painting is in very good condition whilst the frame is in a good condition, commensurate with age. It is ready to hang and display.
The watercolour is signed by both artists and dated 1872 lower left.
The mount is titled and attributed by hand.
Cornelius Pearson was an accomplished landscape artist. He was born in Boston, Lincolnshire but moved at an early age to London where he became apprenticed to a copper-plate engraver. He soon abandoned engraving however to devote himself to being a watercolour painter. Although he lived in London throughout his career, he travelled for his work to paint in Kent, Ireland, Wales, the Lake District, Scotland, on the Thames and Devon.
He was a regular exhibitor at the Suffolk Street Galleries, and also exhibited at the Royal Academy, the New Watercolour Society and elsewhere. He was one of the oldest members of the Langham Sketching Club and was constant to the older traditions of English watercolour.
He died in 1891, aged 82. Two of his drawings are in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
He often painted in collaboration with his long-standing friend T Wainewright, who supplied sheep or cattle for his landscapes.
Thomas Francis Wainewright was a prolific and popular English Victorian coastal and landscape painter. He exhibited over 200 works at the Suffolk Street Galleries, and also exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1832 and 1862, the British Institute and elsewhere.
He married in Marylebone in 1846 and lived in London, although he painted in Scotland, Cornwall and Wales as well as the Southern counties. He also visited Normandy early on in his career.
He was particularly known for his landscapes with sheep or cattle and has a drawing in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
This is a beautiful pastoral scene is unusual, because it was created by two very accomplished artists, who had a long-standing friendship and frequently collaborated on original works. Each brought their particular strength; Pearson did the landscape and Wainewright did the sheep and cattle. Thus, the background of this work, the marvellous open countryside of Crymlyn Bog and the Neath River Estuary, with mountains on the horizon rolling down to the sea at Swansea Bay, was painted by Cornelius Pearson. The flock of mixed sheep resting contentedly in the foreground of the painting was painted by Thomas Wainewright.
In the wood to the lower right of the painting we glimpse the chimney of a cottage, with a wisp of smoke rising from the chimney. There are a few other isolated dwellings in the distance, at the perimeter of the estuary. The overall image is of an expansive and peaceful scene, majestic in its visual impact, yet conveying a sense of calm. The sky is pale blue with light pale cloud, the sea is illuminated by the sun, and the ground is green and verdant. The blossom on the trees suggests that it is spring.
This original watercolour was produced in 1872 and is signed by both artists in the lower left section.