Landscape: River and Cattle
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.
Peter le Cave ( - 1806)
- Landscape: River and Cattle
- Watercolour on paper
- height: 37.00 cm, width: 49.50 cm
- Purchased from Gilbert Davis, July 1964
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