Thomas Miles Richardson, Junior (1813 - 1890)
A Rocky Stream in Scotland Sold
Pencil and watercolour, heightened with white, on two joined sheets of buff paper. Signed TMRichardson at the lower left.345 x 845 mm. (13 1/2 x 33 1/4 in.)ACQUIRED BY THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF SCOTLAND, EDINBURGH.ENQUIRE
Panoramic Scottish views such as the present sheet account for much of Richardson’s output, and his exhibition watercolours, often quite large in scale and overtly horizontal in format, proved popular with both critics and collectors, usually fetching high prices. As John Ruskin noted of one Highland view, a Scene in Glen Nevis exhibited at the Old Water-Colour Society in 1857, ‘Mr. Richard [sic] is gradually gaining in manual power, and opposes cobalt and burnt sienna very pleasantly. But he seems always to conceive a Highland landscape only as a rich medley of the same materials – a rocky bank, blue at one place and brown at another; some contorted Scottish firs; some ferns, some dogs, and some sportsmen: the whole contemplated under the cheering influence of champagne, and considered in very way delightful.’
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby’s, 15 September 1977, lot 164With Bruton Knowles, CheltenhamMartyn Gregory, London (according to a photograph of the drawing in the Witt Library) Anonymous sale, Newcastle, Anderson & Garland, 27 April 2005, lot 105The Maas Gallery, London, in 2006.