Early 19th-Century British School

Landscape With Lake, Thatched Cottage & Boat

Early 19th-Century British School

Landscape With Lake, Thatched Cottage & Boat

This early 19th-century British oil painting depicts a picturesque landscape with a lake, thatched cottage, boat, and figures.

A rustic thatched cottage is nestled under the lively bough a copse - a woman stands in its open doorway. Alongside, a homespun wooden gate marks the entrance to a woodland track. Surely a path often travelled. It’s a rural idyll, an idealised vision of mankind amid nature.

Stylistically, it’s inspired by the classical visions of Claude Lorrain. During the early 19th century, the aristocracy favoured art which elevated the natural world while referencing antiquity. Landscapes by the old masters were considerably more popular than those by living artists. Hence, numerous British painters worked in a manner which paid homage to the past. The dark foreground, ‘framing trees’, and misty distant architecture are particularly reminiscent of Claude and Poussin.

Held within an ornate 19th-century frame with foliate.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 33” x 27” / 84cm x 69cm
Year of creation: c. 1830
Condition: Craquelure but the paint is stable. Areas of restoration. Frame with some light wear and painted.

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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