The painting above is a beautiful scene depicting the Scottish highlands by the celebrated Scottish artist William Watson.
William Watson Jnr. was born in 1847 in Islington, England. He came from a family of painters based in Liverpool. His father, William Watson, was a prolific London painter of miniature portraits who exhibited at the Royal Academy. William Watson Jr was a pupil of the iconic Sir Edwin Landseer, a famous painter and sculptor of animals who sculpted the lions in Trafalgar Square. Watson also studied under the French artist Rosa Bonheur, widely considered to be the most successful female painter during the nineteenth century, with famous works including The Horse Fair currently exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and Ploughing in the Nivernais, exhibited in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.
Watson himself eventually specialised in painting animals and landscapes, becoming a well-recognised and prolific artist during his lifetime. He exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1872, as well as the Societe of British Artists at Suffolk Street. His paintings have been exhibited at galleries including the Liverpool Walker Gallery, the Mappin Art Gallery, the Sunderland Art Gallery, and the Thomas B. Walker Art Collection, in Minneapolis USA. He married Eleanor Davis in 1871 in Birkenhead, and passed away on the 26th of March, 1921 in Capel Garmon, Llanrwst, Denbighshire, Wales.
As an artist, Watson’s active period ranges from 1866-1921. His work is celebrated for its detail and movement, with majestic portrayals of the pastoral countryside and animal subjects, especially sheep. Watson’s excellent sense of proportion and composition allows him to portray his subjects with both realism and tints of idealisation, representing a picturesque version of the English, Welsh, and Scottish countryside, a nostalgic testament to the British Isles where he lived his life. His paintings have been extremely well received in the modern art world, frequently appearing at auctions and expositions. Highland Wanderers – Morning Geln-Croc was sold at Dorotheum “19th Century Paintings and Watercolours” in 2014 for $18,806.