William STOTT OF OLDHAM
(Oldham 1857 - Belfast 1900)
Signed WILLIAM STOTT OF OLDHAM at the lower right.
Dedicated To John Swan at the lower centre.
245 x 327 mm. (9 5/8 x 12 7/8 in.)
The present sheet is one of a number of pastel seascapes executed by Stott in the 1880s and 1890s. As Roger Brown has noted, ‘At Ravenglass, in the summer of 1884, Stott worked on a series of seascapes and coastal views in pastel, which follow Whistler’s simplicity and economy of expression almost to abstraction. Stott was to produce many such landscapes in the remaining years of his life, almost exclusively on the Cumberland coast. These figureless, subjectless scenes…are a celebration of Stott’s belief in the beauty and symbolism of nature unsullied by the human presence or the limitations of narrative. More and more these small landscapes and seascapes seem to display a form of pantheism, where emotional and spiritual values are expressed through the moods of nature. Like Whistler, Stott was pushing further the boundaries of the apparently limited subject.’
This pastel was presented by the artist to the English animalier painter and sculptor John Macallan Swan RA (1847-1910), with whom Stott is known to have corresponded. Among comparable works is a pastel seascape today in the collection of the Gallery Oldham.
Thence by family descent, until 2016
Anonymous sale, London, Bonham’s Knightsbridge, 28 June 2016, lot 95.