William Watson Jnr
By the Highland Stream
Oil on canvas, signed & dated 1906
William Watson was a painter of animals and landscapes who lived in Birkenhead, Cheshire. He was the son of the London miniature painter William Stewart Watson (1810-1871) and brother to artists Charles and Robert. His children Arthur Sidney, Caroline Ellen, William and Walter, also became artists. Watson was a pupil of Sir Edwin Henry Landseer RA (1802-1873) and Rosa Bonheur (1822–1899). He specialised in scenes of cattle and sheep mainly in the north of England and the Highlands. These scenes with cattle or sheep perched along stepped hillsides are a formula which he painted with consummate skill. Examples of his works can be found in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, the Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, Sunderland Art Gallery and in the Thomas B Walker Art Collection, Minneapolis, USA.
The painting is housed in a new, English made gilt frame which is in excellent condition.