Byron Cooper, Autumn Woodland - Original 1891 watercolour painting

An original 1891 watercolour painting, Byron Cooper Autumn Woodland.

This is a very impressive large watercolour by Byron Cooper, father of the Manchester School of Painters. The painting beautifully captures the autumn sunlight and has a real sense of depth. It is impressive not only for its sheer scale, but also the varied techniques Cooper has employed, including scratching out highlighting the tree bark and use of a masking fluid (likely Chalk Resist, a forerunner of Frisket) to delineate the grasses in negative in the foreground. 

Signed and dated lower right.
The painting is somewhat age-toned and there is some foxing as shown. There is some historic water damage to the bottom of the paper, visible verso, which has caused a faint tide mark across the lower part of the painting.
87.5cm x 59cm.

George Gordon Byron Cooper (1849-1933) was born in Manchester. He trained at the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts and in London and in Paris he studied with Jules Breton and Carolus Duran. He became known as the father of the Manchester School of Painters. He dropped his first two given names and always signed works as Byron Cooper. He exhibited seven works at the Royal Academy and was accomplished in both oil and watercolour. His views of Cornwall received much acclaim and he also painted various landscapes associated with Tennyson for whom he had great admiration.There are forty oil paintings by Bryon Cooper held in public collections across the UK.


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