George Vicat COLE (1833-1893)
An attractive landscape showing sheep grazing possibly on the Sussex Downs. Signed with a monogram bottom left, inscribed on the slip and dating to around 1880. Large examples of his work can be expensive with the auction record in excess of £47,000.
Cole was born at Portsmouth, the son of the landscape painter, George Cole (1810–1883), and in his practice followed his father's lead with marked success. He exhibited at the British Institution at the age of nineteen, and was first represented at the Royal Academy in 1853. His election as an associate of this institution took place in 1870, and he became an Academician ten years later. He died in London on 6 April 1893. The wide popularity of his work was due partly to the simple directness of his technical method, and partly to his habitual choice of attractive material.
Most of his subjects were found in the counties of Surrey and Sussex, and along the banks of the Thames. One of his largest pictures, The Pool of London, was bought by the Chantrey Fund Trustees in 1888, and was shown in the Tate Gallery.
Minor craquelure to the paint surface, would benefit from a light clean. The frame is pleasantly age worn.
20cm x 30cm (31cm x 41cm framed)
8 x 12 inches (12 x 16 inches framed)