"A Winter Walk", oil landscape painting | William Thomas Such
"A WINTER WALK" LANDSCAPE PAINTING BY WILLIAM THOMAS SUCH (BRITISH, FL. 1847-1857)
In oil on canvas, signed lower right "W T Such"
Item # 903HNB16P
Listings for William Thomas Such are brief and little is known about his life beyond his exhibits at British Institution (the established rival to the Royal Academy from 1806-1867) of "A Snow Piece" and "An Autumnal Scene". He also exhibited at the Royal Academy and also at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. The present example is a finely painted Romantic work that has a certain colloquial quality to the scene, the figures and objects handled with a certain rigidity of form and idealized simplicity that removes it slightly from reality. The scene depicts a pair of men passing on a dirt path, both dressed for the cold weather with walking sticks at the ready while their dogs play together. Judging by the traces of footprints left in the snow and his general demeanor, the closer of the gentlemen is returning from his walk and is ready to open the gate to his farm where chickens peck about the snowy ground.
For being a cold winter subject, it is a very warm and inviting subject matter and Such's use of golden hour and the shadows of an ending day go the distance in creating a marvelous piece of escapism.
Literature & Further Reading:
- Dictionary of British Art, Vol. IV, Victorian Painters: The Text, Christopher Wood, 1995, p. 509
- Formerly acquired at Sotheby's Olympia, 09 March 2006, lot 75; tags and labels retained verso
Measurements: 30 1/2" H x 40 1/2" W x 2" D [frame]; 25 1/4" H x 35" W [canvas]
Light edge wear around extreme edges of image from frame rubbing; some yellowing of varnish and grime (will eventually benefit from being cleaned); light surface craquelure throughout; a few points of touch up under UV examination, including two spots in the snowy path (center-bottom quadrant), a small spot to the grass and to the snowy path (right-bottom quadrant), a spot in the sky (right-middle quadrant); other spots of possible restoration obscured somewhat by the later varnish. Relined. Contemporary frame with chips to each of the four corners.