C.W.P. Clapham, Pair of Rooster Birds - Original 1877 watercolour painting

An original 1877 watercolour painting, C.W.P. Clapham Pair of Rooster Birds.

An attractive, geometrically stylised watercolour drawing of two proud roosters set against the vertical backdrop of a wooden fence. Copied from 'Cassell's Poultry Book' of 1875, this work is a complement to another watercolour in this collection which shows a pair of similarly decorative female chickens. 

Signed and dated lower right. Inscribed verso: "To dear Papa". 
There are some minor lines of abrasion appearing as white lines at the lower edge of the paper. There are dried glue marks to the verso of the sheet from historically being laid down, which do not affect the front.
19.4cm x 16.1cm.

This picture forms part of a whimsical collection of works we have for sale of various farm and domestic animals, such as dogs, chickens, horses and cows, dating from the late 1870s and early 1880s.

Many of the works appear to be intricately detailed copies of popular Victorian prints taken from well-known sources. Four are replicas of established works by the famed animal painter Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, such as “The Three Dogs” and “The Pet of the Duchess”, which were reproduced in a collection called “The Landseer Gallery” printed in 1875. The drawings of chickens are also possibly drawn around this time; some of them appear to be copies of breeds printed in Cassell’s Poultry Book published in that same year. Other images also stem from serial publications such as the Illustrated London News, as well as other popular French and British animal prints.

Although the works appear to be executed by a number of hands given the variance in styles and subject matter, their roots in popular print culture indicates the wealth of affordable visual imagery newly accessible to the Victorian literary public at the end of the century, as well as the emerging Victorian taste for subjects of simplicity, domesticity and kitsch.

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Product code: JF-532

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