This is one of my favorite subject matters for British paintings. Some people refer to this kind of charm as a bit “chocolate boxey” for its somewhat overstated sweetness. What makes this painting stand out, however, is the expertise of the artist, which comes through in every brush stroke. “Chocolate box” paintings contain most of the elements you would wish to see in a landscape: romantic thatched roof cottage, sheep, and a pretty blue sky with fluffy clouds. Could you ask for more?
The evocative, romantic quality of this painting does not disappoint. The artist used all of his talent and skills to present us with an idyllic country scene that is just as sought-after today as it was when it was painted. He did so with his color palette primarily of traditional greens, browns and blues.
This work is signed “L. Richards” on the lower right corner. It is generally agreed that “L. Richards” was one of the pseudonyms used by artist Daniel Sherrin (1868-1940). Pseudonyms were often used by clever artists to get around being contracted to paint for only certain galleries.
According to “Hidden Talents,” by Jeremy Wood, Sherrin refused to exhibit in London, preferring “to work directly under contract with a gallery painting the subjects (and styles!) that they required.” A prolific painter, he was known for painting in the style of different popular artists for landscapes, marines and river scenes. The author of “British 19th Century Marine Painting,” Denys Brook-Hart, includes an illustration of one of Sherrin’s works in his book, noting that the artist sometimes signed his landscapes “B.W. Leader,” the distinguished landscape painter and Sherrin’s teacher.
So very pretty and charming, this landscape would make a heartwarming addition to any interior.
I have framed it in a custom-made traditional swept frame with piercings. It is a top-quality frame with hand-finished gilding.
I have also had the painting professionally cleaned and restored, and therefore it is in ready-to-hang condition.
It measures 26-1/2 inches wide by 22-1/2 inches high, including the frame.