William Harold Cubley, Dolyelly Hills, Wales

William Harold Cubley, Dolyelly Hills, Wales

A fine late-19th-century landscape painting depicting the Dolyelly Hills in Wales by British painter, William Harold Cubley (1816-1896).

Several cattle are grazing by a pond before an extensive far-reaching undulant landscape. The light is beautifully observed and we particularly love the various horizontal layers.

Cubley was a highly regarded Victorian artist that studied under the great, Sir William Beechey (1753-1839). He was known for his fine landscapes and also his portraits in the tradition of Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792). He hailed from Heanor in Derbyshire.

His career as an artist enabled him to travel widely throughout Britain and also on the continent. He exhibited many of his works at the Royal Academy including several Welsh landscapes.

The painting is signed/dated in the lower left and held within a period gilt frame.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 29” x 23” / 74cm x 58cm
Year of creation: 1843
Provenance: English
Condition: Areas of craquelure but the paint layer is stable. Frame with some age-related wear including handling marks.
Artist’s auction highlight: £3,500 achieved for ‘Sketching Beside a Mountain Stream in Westmorland’ at Sotheby’s in 2003.

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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