Farmyard in the Snow
Oil on Canvas. Monogrammed (lower left). Excellent Condition. Framed in a black carved frame, also in Excellent Condition, and ready to hang.
Measurements: * Canvas 15.5cm x 23cm (approx 6.25 inches x 9 inches) * Framed 37cm x 45cm (approx 14.50 inches x 17.75 inches)
"Farmyard in the Snow" is a Genre Painting by the listed British artist George Augustus Williams (1814-1901) and contains all the distinguishing characteristics of his frosty winter scenes. His work is present in the museums of Montreal and Warrington and at the City Museum & Art Gallery, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. Williams's winter scenes are very popular (see Lot 234, Sale L03122, View on the Thames sold by Sotheby's in London on 12th June 2003 for £7,200 and The Snowball Fight sold by Christie's in London on 19th April 2005 for $12,000.
LITERATURE: C. Black "Happy England", London 1903; A. Rose, M.Valdfogel "The Art and Mind of Victorian England", Minneapolis 1974.
George Augustus Williams (1814-1901) was the son of the artist Edward Old Williams (1782-1855) and his five brothers were also artists. He was one of the more prolific landscape painters of the Williams family, painting Thames views, moonlight scenes, coastal subjects and landscapes. He exhibited regularly in some of the most acclaimed London exhibitions, especially at the Royal Academy between1841-1885. He is considered by many the most talented of all the Williams brothers. His work is represented in the museums of Montreal and Warrington and at the City Museum & Art Gallery, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.
"Farmyard in the Snow" contains all the distinguishing characteristics of George William's frosty winter scene. Some of his finest effects were obtained when he combined the snow landscapes with the bright day light. The white sky, the snow, the animals in the foreground and the skillfully arranged country scene are very characteristic of this effect, taking inspiration from a winter Dutch landscape, but bringing to the atmosphere a more tranquil, homely, and ultimately English flair.