A Pair of Highland Cattle Scenes
|Title:||A Pair of Highland Cattle Scenes|
|Artist:||Charles Edward Watson (Fl.1900-1927) British|
|Detail:||Oils on canvas, 9 x 12in. frame: 15 x 18 in. Signed C.E. Watson & inscribed verso. Presented in the
original gilt frames and preserved under glass until recently acquired by our gallery.
Loch Restil and Loch Tay
Charles Edward Watson was a Highland landscape painter working in the early 20th century. Highland Cattle in landscape were a favourite subject, often on small canvases in pairs, like the present fine example of loch landscapes.
Little is known about this talented artist who signs C.E. Watson, although several works dated 1900 – 1927 have been sold at auction in the UK and America.
It is highly plausible that C.E. Watson was a pseudonym, which would account for such a talented artist not having exhibited during their lifetime, and remaining relatively unknown.
Several Highland cattle in landscape have been recorded at auction by lesser known Watson’s with similar given names ; Charles Watson, Edward C. Watson, Carl E. Watson and Cari E. Watson.
Scottish landscapes became a very popular subject all over the British Isles during the late Victorian era, and with new demand from the departmental stores of the early Edwardian era it was not uncommon for artists to use fictitious names to supply outside of contractual arrangements with an agent.