26 November 2002
George Vicat Cole, R.A. (1833-1893)
Windsor Castle, from a backwater
signed with monogram and dated '1892' (lower right)
oil on canvas
39 1/8 x 60 in. (99.3 x 152.4 cm.)
Mrs Penelope Stock, by 1927.
with M. Newman Ltd, London.
Anon. sale; Christie's, London, 24 June 1983, lot 75 (£7,000).
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Robert Chignell, The Life and Paintings of Vicat Cole, R.A., vol. III, 1896, pp. 112-113 (illustrated).
Robert Chignell's biography identifies this picture as Cole's swansong - the last finished canvas to leave his easel, and one that exemplifies his technical precision and fidelity to nature. Chignell notes that the trees and the passage of reflection below are 'unrivalled' within the artist's oeuvre.
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