William Sidney Cooper

William Sidney Cooper (English) 1854-1927
Sheep resting, watercolor, signed/dated 1901 l/r, 12″ x 18″ sight, 24″ x 32″ frame

Watercolor of sheep resting on a hill overlooking the sea.
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Watercolor of sheep resting on a hill overlooking the sea, framed.
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Estimate: $950. Offers invited.

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Original frame with some missing gesso – new mat and glass. A scratch in the sky area, middle right, and several foxing spots observable in the photo image but unobtrusive; overall, the condition is very good. It looks great on my wall!

“William Sidney Cooper studied with his great-uncle Thomas Sidney Cooper at his School of Art in Canterbury (now the University College for the Creative Arts at Canterbury). Following in his great-uncle’s footsteps, the younger Cooper’s forte became cattle and sheep, which feature prominently in his watercolour and oil paintings.

“In 1890 Cooper moved to Herne Bay in Kent where he painted the surrounding pastoral countryside with its herds of cattle and flocks of sheep. Cooper was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing tennis and lawn bowls. A capable musician, he played at local events.

“He also apparently possessed architectural skills as he built a number of houses in Canterbury and the surrounding area of Alcroft Grange.

“Cooper exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of British Artists, and the Royal Watercolour Society.

“High auction record for this artist is $33,760.” – Source: Bedford Fine Art Gallery .

William Sidney Cooper was a painter of landscapes in both oil and watercolour, usually with the inclusion of sheep and cattle. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy and Suffolk Street between 1871 and 1908 with titles including: Springtime, Isle of Wight, 1881, The Avon at Ringwood, 1889, Twilight on the Thames, 1884. His work can be seen at the Reading Museum and in other public collections.

Note: The artist’s work appears regularly at auction with paintings of this quality selling routinely for prices in the four figures.

Also by this artist:

Sheep resting by the coast with the sea and cliffs beyond

Herne Mill, Kent, 1914 – Oil on canvas
Image Credit – Canterbury Museums and Galleries
Canterbury Cathedral from the Stour Meadows, Kent – Oil on canvas
Image Credit – Canterbury Museums and Galleries
Untitled (Sheep in a Pasture), 1924 – Watercolor
Sheep in a Meadow, 1904 – Watercolor


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