W Walker

Late 18th-Century Landscape With Cattle & Ruined Castle In the Distance

W Walker

Late 18th-Century Landscape With Cattle & Ruined Castle In the Distance

This late 18th-century oil painting by British artist W Walker depicts a Dutch landscape with cattle and castle ruins.

The lazy glow of the evening sun illuminates the distant lowlands as dazed cows rest in the shade of a crooked tree. Two stout shepherds are deep in conversation while a third figure leans atop a ruined castle.

This pastoral idyll appeals to romantic sensibilities and captures a Wordworthian spirit. At the time, landscape painting in Britain was viewed with scepticism unless imbued with a sense of timeless poetry. Hence, W Walker looked back towards the Dutch masters of yesteryear for appropriate inspiration.

Here, he’s drawing the inquisitive mind towards the golden horizon, encouraging us to wander under leafy boughs. A simpler time, portrayed as such, nature in its abundant glory.

Held within a period gilt frame with foliate.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 18½” x 15½” / 47cm x 39cm
Year of creation: c. 1790
Labels & Inscriptions: Plaque with title and artist. Partially visible supplier’s stamp on reverse.
Condition: Craquelure throughout but the paint is stable. 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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