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Alexander Fraser, Jun., R.S.A. (1828-1899)

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Alexander Fraser, Jun., R.S.A. (1828-1899)

A peak of Ben Venue, Springtime

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Alexander Fraser, Jun., R.S.A. (1828-1899) A peak of Ben Venue, Springtime signed 'A Fraser/RSA' (lower left) and inscribed 'a peak of Ben Venue/Springtime Alexander Fraser RSA painted for Henry Macdonald Esq.' (on the reverse of the canvas) oil on canvas 27¼ x 36 in. (69.3 x 91.4 cm.)
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Henry Macdonald Esq.
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No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
Notice to Buyers Resident in Scotland Payment and collections may be made immediately following the end of the sale until 7.00pm. Collections may be made on Friday, 27 October 2000 from 9.00 am until 1.00 pm, after which all lots purchased by Scottish residents will be transported free of charge to either our Glasgow office, tel 44(0)141 332 8134 or to our Edinburgh office, tel 44(0)131 225 4756 where they will be available from 9.00 am on Monday, 30 October. Notice to Buyers outside Scotland Purchases made by buyers with addresses outside Scotland will be transferred to Christie's, 8 King Street, London SW1, for collection from noon on Monday, 30 October 2000. Purchases are only insured for a period of seven working days following the sale.

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Fraser's more informal works such as The Entrance to Cadzow Forest (Edinburgh; National Gallery of Scotland) and the present painting have been favourably compared to contemporary paintings by the French Barbizon painters, although grounded in a native tradition. Like his elder contemporary Horatio McCulloch, he went on painting expeditions with Fettes Douglas and Sam Bough in Cadzow Forest and on the banks of Loch Lomond. Fraser believed in plein-air painting which is reflected in the freshness of his colours and accuracy of observation. Indeed, Caw noted 'He did not interpret Nature's beauty, making it something new and wonderfull, as the poet-painters do, but his pictures are steeped in the familiar and abiding charm of the beautiful facts of Nature.' (1908; p. 190). His work can be seen as a fusion of the Dutch landscape painters, especially Ruysdael, Hobbema and Cuyp, and the English landscape masters - Constable, Turner, Cox and Müller. Along with his contemporary landscape painters - Wintour, Bough and Docharty - his landscape was in some respects transitional in sentiment and style, and belongs rather to the past than to the developments of the next generation that were led by Scott Lauder.

The titles of his pictures focus on aspects of the weather and the seasons, with their accompanying work in fields and woods. Although his figures, such as the faggot gatherers in the present work, are never the subject of the painting, they help to express the sentiment of the scene and the season and are used as key factors in the composition, giving necessary contrast or carrying certain tones through the picture.

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