A charming 19th-century landscape painting by British painter, Henry Charles Heath (1829-1898). A far-reaching and extensive view extends down into a valley and out towards distant hills. A river opens up into a picturesque lake with trees and several buildings.
Heath was a fascinating character and a highly regarded Victorian artist. He was the son of talented engraver Charles Theodosius Heath (1785-1848) and brother of engravers Frederick Augustus Heath (1810-78) and Alfred Theodosius Heath (1812-96). Several articles have been written regarding his distinguished career and controversial lifestyle.
Heath trained at the Royal Academy Schools and took up miniature painting after the death of his father in 1848. He gained a good reputation as a miniature painter but before too long, the advent of photography began to erode his opportunities. It seems that Heath was an industrious fellow as he then turned his hand to photography and worked for many years as a professional photographer - even creating a new technology involving instant processing.
In 1872, he returned to miniature painting and gained several commissions from Queen Victoria. He’s known to have painted many portraits of the Queen, the Prince Consort, and the Princess with one being sold at Christie’s in 2001 (hammer price £20,000).
Henry Charles Heath exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1851 and 1898. His landscape paintings are scarce and this is a rare find.
The painting is signed in the lower right and housed within a later frame.
Medium: Oil on board
Overall size: 20” x 14½” / 51cm x 37cm
Year of creation: c. 1880
Condition: Artwork in good condition. Frame a little tatty with repairs and some losses.
Artist’s auction highlight: £20,000 achieved for a portrait of Queen Victorian at Christie’s in 2001.