19th-Century Danish School

Forest Landscape With Cattle Drover

19th-Century Danish School

Forest Landscape With Cattle Drover

This mid-19th-century Danish oil painting depicts a forest landscape with meandering cattle.

Ambling under an epic canopy of twisting birch, a cattle drover guides his livestock. Contorted silvery forms echoed in the cart tracks. Beyond them, a Claudian light illuminates a sublime lake, casting its radiance through pockets of foliage. It’s a romantic vision - emphasising nature’s harmonious beauty.

The painting is unsigned but it bears some resemblance to works by Danish artists Carl Frederik Peder Aagaard (1833-1895) and Axel Schovelin (1827-1893). To reach this level of fidelity, the artist would’ve trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, probably under JL Lund (1777-1867) who encouraged students to learn from the Dutch masters.

Produced in around 1860, it was an interesting time for Danish landscape painting as philosophies moved towards establishing a national identity, which celebrated its unique scenery.

Held in a gilt frame with foliate.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 46” x 36½” / 117cm x 93cm
Year of creation: c. 1860
Condition: Artwork presents well. Fine craquelure but the paint is stable. One patched repair. Frame with some light wear.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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