Edward Stott

Changing Pastures


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Edward Stott 1859–1918
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 705 × 876 mm
frame: 1040 × 1205 × 110 mm
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1922

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French rural naturalism inspired artists across Europe during the 1880s. It embraced both a technique and a range of subjects, and encouraged a sober and humble appreciation of the people who worked on the land. Some artists were most concerned with details of costumes and agriculture, while others, like Edward Stott, sought to go on from the subject to imply abstract notions of seasons and ages. The design of this painting is based on a network of right angles, and suggests in turn that there is nothing casual about the work of the cowherd.
Stott lived at Amberley in Sussex, and the view may be based on that area, although he did not work directly from nature.

Gallery label, September 2004

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Catalogue entry


Inscr. ‘Edward - Stott’ b.l.
Canvas, 27 3/4×34 1/2 (70·5×87·5).
Chantrey Purchase 1922.
Coll: John Maddocks by 1897, sold Christie's, 30 April 1910 (94), bt. W. Permain; Charles Roberts by 1920, from whom purchased by the Chantrey Committee.
Exh: New Gallery, summer 1893 (91, repr. in outline p.40); Earls Court, 1897 (559); Loan Collection of Modern Paintings, Leinster Hall, Dublin, April 1899 (70); Rochdale, March–April 1920 (160); R.A., Works by Recently Deceased Members, January–February 1922 (94).
Repr: Royal Academy Illustrated, 1922, p.125.

A pencil study, 23 3/4×18 1/2 in., for this picture was sold at Sotheby's, 3–4 July 1918 (2nd day, 257), as ‘Girl Standing’.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II

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