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Sidney Richard Percy
RETREATING TIDE
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 8,750 GBP
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147
Sidney Richard Percy
RETREATING TIDE
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 8,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

A Green and Pleasant Land: Two Centuries of British Landscape Painting

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Sidney Richard Percy
1821-1886
RETREATING TIDE

Provenance

Christie's, London, 11 June 2004, lot 97;
Agnew's, London, May 2005

Catalogue Note

Perhaps the most successful painter of the prodigious Williams family of artists, Sidney Richard Percy, the fifth son of Edward (“Old”) Williams, used only his middle names to avoid confusion with his brothers and other Williams artists of the period. In his life time he was extremely popular and his paintings highly prized. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy from 1842 until his death in 1886.

His work falls into two categories of landscape painting: the mountainous landscapes, lakes and valleys of Scotland, Wales and the north of England; and coastal scenes showing large expanses of sandy dunes. He was a master at depicting reflected light off wet sand or the still pools of lakes. He created idyllic country scenes, often populated by cattle or solitary figures. His attention to detail, particularly earlier in his career was almost Pre-Raphaelite in its precision but the overall effect is of the more romanticized British landscape tradition. The present work, with lobster pots in the foreground and the silhouette of a distant boat, demonstrates his mastery in creating the illusion of depth. Overhead, gulls fan out beneath rolling bilious clouds which signal the departing storm as it moves away beyond the distant headland.

A Green and Pleasant Land: Two Centuries of British Landscape Painting

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London