Cattle grazing by a river, Windsor Castle beyond

Cattle grazing by a river, Windsor Castle beyond



Andrew Nicholl, R.H.A. (1804-1886)
Cattle grazing by a river, Windsor Castle beyond

Signed lower left: A. Nicholl R.H.A. and inscribed verso: Windsor Castle from the bend of the River
Watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour and scratching out
32.5 by 51.2 cm., 12 3/4 by 20 in.

Nicholl was born in Belfast. He was elected an Associate of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1827, and full member in 1860. He visited London for the first time between 1830-2. He returned to Ireland but was in London again in 1840. Six years later, he travelled to Sri Lanka, to take up a teaching position at Colombo Academy, where he stayed until 1849. He appears to have spent the rest of his life, between Belfast and London and died at his London home in Camberwell at the age of 82.

The present watercolour is characteristic of the artist, with a carefully depicted botanical subject in the foreground combined with a sense of romance, conveyed by Windsor Castle against a dramatic skyline. The view is taken from a low viewpoint on the Eton bank of the river Thames. The extensive use of scratching out is typical of the artist and is used here to bring the foreground to life.