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John Henry Mole (1814-1886) - Fine 1879 Watercolour, Highland Cattle Drive



A very fine original 1878 watercolour landscape by the Victorian artist John Henry Mole (1814-1887). A cattle drive is depicted in a dramatic highland valley, with a stone bridge over a river, and a distant hamlet. The work has both a delicate and naturalistic manner, seen in much of Mole's landscape work. Well-presented in a clean mount and gilt wooden frame, as shown. Signed and dated. On wove.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration and surface marks. There is a very small closed tear just visible in the lower left corner. The frame has only minor scuffing and the presentation is very good overall.


24.2 x 34.4cm (9.5" x 13.5")
Framed Size: 42.9 x 53.2cm (16.9" x 20.9")

Artist Biography

John Henry Mole (1814–1886) was an artist from Alnwick, Northumberland, in the North of England. He initially worked as a solicitor's clerk in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, before becoming a professional miniature painter in 1835. He later became a landscape painter, becoming an Associate Member of the New Society of Painters in Water-Colours (later the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours) in 1847 and a full Member the following year, becoming vice-president of the Society in 1884. In 1847 he abandoned miniatures to concentrate on landscapes and portraits of children. Although he lived in London, his works primarily depicted Northumbria, the Lake District and Scotland. A number of his works are held in museums in London and the North of England.

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Code kn245
Artist John Henry Mole (1814-1886)
Date 1879
Dimensions 24.2 x 34.4cm
Framed Yes
Medium Watercolour
Style Realism
Subject Landscape
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