Landscape: River and Cattle

Peter le Cave ( - 1806)

Watercolour on paper

  • About the work

    This watercolour view shows an idealised, fictional landscape, which includes a stone bridge spanning a river, a cottage and the ruin of a fort or castle.

  • About the artist
    Peter Le Cave was a proficient landscape painter, based in London. He specialised in watercolour scenes showing cattle within a landscape, like this example. However, he also worked in oil, watercolour and pastel, as well as making etchings. Le Cave exhibited two works at the Royal Academy, London, in 1801, titled ‘A Mill near Totness, Devonshire’ and ‘Chudleigh Craggs, Devonshire’. At the time, his address was given as 72 Oxford Street. He is known to have been a friend of landscape and watercolour painter Julius Caesar Ibbetson (1759–1817) who, sometime between 1803 and 1805, moved to the town of Masham in North Yorkshire. Nothing is known of what happened to Le Cave after 1803 but he may have followed his friend to Yorkshire.
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  • Details
    Title
    Landscape: River and Cattle
    Date
    Medium
    Watercolour on paper
    Dimensions
    height: 37.00 cm, width: 49.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Gilbert Davis, July 1964
    GAC number
    1778