Attrib George Walker, Resting Shepherd - Original early 19th-century watercolour

An original early 19th-century watercolour painting, Attrib. George Walker Resting Shepherd.

A superb pastoral watercolour, with wonderful richness of colour and depth. On paper laid down on card.

George Walker (1781-1856) was a noted Yorkshire artist who lived at Killingbeck Lodge, Leeds. Walker is best known for his commission to illustrate “The Costume of Yorkshire” in 1814. In 1824 he travelled to Italy where he spent time in Naples, Rome and Florence. He also visited Switzerland and France.

Generally in fine condition, the far left and right-hand edges of the paper are slightly rubbed with minor loss of paint as shown, which would be covered by a mount. There are a couple of further small spots of abrasion in the sky area as shown.
33.8cm x 28cm.

This watercolour forms part of our Fanny Tottie Collection, which includes British and Continental views by Fanny herself and paintings by other accomplished hands, collected by Fanny through her acquaintances and travels.

Frances Catherine Tottie (b.1824), known as Fanny, was a wealthy Yorkshire lady with connections to noted local artist George Walker (1781-1856). Fanny Tottie (née Garforth) was daughter of James Garforth, for whom Coniston Hall at Gargrave, North Yorkshire was built. Fanny’s grandfather, Peter Garforth, was the wealthy owner of Bell Busk Mill and backer of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal.

Fanny married John William Tottie, of Leeds, a JP and Barrister (the only son of Thomas William Tottie, a prominent Leeds solicitor). Her father died prematurely in 1852, and thereafter Fanny and John Tottie took up residence at Coniston Hall.

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Product code: JC-372

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