25 November 2003
Thomas Sidney Cooper, R.A. (1803-1902)
A warm October
signed and dated 'T.Sidney Cooper R.A. 1889.' (lower right) and further signed, inscribed and dated: '"A warm October" Thomas Sidney Cooper R.A. 42 Chepstow Villas Bayswater Vernon Holme nr Canterbury 1889' (on an old label on the reverse)
oil on canvas
36½ x 60½ in. (92.7 x 153.7 cm.)
Purchased from the artist by C. Bennett, Sydney, Australia.
Anonymous sale; Phillips, London, 14 December 1993, lot 46.
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T.S. Cooper, My Life, 2 vols., London, 1890, pp. 225-6.
London, Royal Academy, 1889, no. 199.
Upon its exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1889, Cooper wrote of A warm October: 'I am glad to say I am the painter of [A warm October], as I now consider it the best of my meadow pictures. It was bought by Mr C. Bennett...he expressed his great satisfaction at possessing two such works of mine, and spoke kindly of the pleasure he felt they would give in his distant home'.
We are grateful to Kenneth Westwood for his help preparing this catalogue entry.
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