Three goats in a landscape

image CH 1996.17




Three goats in a landscape

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Height (Whole): 20cm
Width (Whole): 41cm


Landscape painting focussing on a group of goats resting under a tree. Two are seated and one stands behind. They are different colours; cream, brown and white and black and white, and all have pointed horns.

From the collection of Alexander Chalmers.

Production person

Cooper, Thomas, Sidney (R.A.)

Production person note

Cooper (1803-1902) was born at Canterbury in 1803. At age 12, he became an assistant to a coach-painter, and made attempts at scene-painting. In 1823, he went to London and worked at the British Museum, eventually gaining admission to the Royal Academy. His work was influenced by the Dutch Masters of the time, particularly Cuyp and his quality of light and painting method. He travelled through Belgium and Holland, drawing and painting. Due to Belgium’s civil war and its aftermath on the artistic community, Cooper was compelled to leave - his financial situation had rapidly deteriorated as he no longer had a source of income. He returned to England in May 1831 and found work doing commissions of drawings for lithographic prints. This point marked the beginning of his career as a cattle painter. His success in this genre brought some degree of prosperity. Apart from Dutch painting, Cooper was also heavily influenced by the picturesque movement. Rather than reproducing scenes as they appear, the Picturesque style selects and arranges objects, images, and light to form a more pleasing scene. Many of Cooper’s works display this style, showing animals in all sorts of “cute” scenes, sitting together under trees and so forth. Cooper exhibited at the British Institution, the Society of British Artists, and the Royal Academy. The 1830’s and 40’s were Cooper’s period of greatest success, when his works were most well-received. Other works by him hang in the V&A and the Wallace Collection, as well as many other regional galleries.

Object number

CH 1996.17

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