William Huggins 1820–1884
T00904 donkeys and sheep in a landscape 1867
Iriser.‘W. Huggins. 1867.’b.r.
Oil on Board, 24 x 18¿ (61 x 46.5), mounted on panel 24¿ x 19¼(62.75 x 48.75).Purchased from Oscar and Peter Johnson Ltd. (Grant-in-Aid) 1967.
Coll, probably David Foulkes, who died 1937; his widow, Agnes Foulkes, of Onchan, Isle of Man, who died 1966; sold anonymously Sotheby’s, 15th March 1967 (125), bt. Lowndes Lodge Gallery (Oscar and Peter Johnson Ltd.).
H. C. Marillier remarks (The Liverpool School of Painters, 1904 pp. 145–6) that Huggins’ ‘technique was curious, explaining the characteristic translucency of his canvases. When size permitted he selected a smooth white mill-board, on which, after making a careful outline in pencil, he proceeded to glaze very strongly and richly with transparent colours, using the mill-board below as a light showing through the thin colour. The opaque lights were carefully placed exactly where they were needed, great care being taken not to muddy the colour…