This is another artist about whose life little is known except his birth year (1857), date of marriage, and year of death (1947). He was a prolific artist, exhibiting at the most important venues of his day, from London to Glasgow. He painted mainly in watercolor and exhibited at the principal galleries of the day and royal societies including the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour. While he lived to a ripe old age of 90, there are no records of him exhibiting paintings after 1903.
Sigmund’s charming and distinctive style made his works in demand in his own time. His subjects were quite varied: genre, landscapes, gardens, rivers, poultry, animals and even boats. The Royal Society of British Artists lists some of his titles as “Amid the Windings of a Wooded Glade” and “Where the Nibbling Flocks Do Roam.” The “Dictionary of British Watercolour Artists up to 1920” notes that he published two books on the countryside; his favorite places to visit to paint were mainly in the south of England and Wales.
The tranquility of a summer day with a herd of brown and white cows approaching a small stream was wonderfully captured in this watercolor. The artist used his medium to its best advantage in transporting us to this dreamy and romantic vision. His talent lay not only in the composition and his depiction of the subject matter, but also in the way he used light and shadow. It is signed B.D. Sigmund on the lower right corner.
This is a classical English watercolor by an artist at the top of his game. It would be a fine addition to anyone’s collection.
The painting is housed in its original wood and gesso frame and wood and gesso mount. The artist’s name was inscribed on the front in black letters. I believe that the gilded frame was re-gilded at a later date.
The condition of the watercolor is excellent for its age and type. There are a few small bits of missing gesso decoration on the frame.
It measures 23 inches wide by 19 inches high, including the frame. The watercolor itself is about 14 inches wide by 9-¾ inches high.