Attributed to Charles Brown Circa Late 1700's
The exquisite quality of this painting and the signature C.Brown would suggest this to be the work of Charles Brown, a Royal Academician of the late 1700's, among his contemporaries; Thomas Gainsborough, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Benjamin West and William Mallord Turner.
The painting illustrated dated 1831 is on a wooden panel (A lid from a piece of antique furniture). On the verso there is a drawing of a gentleman in top hat, acompanied by his dog and leaning against a gate.
Painted very freely and in delicate layers of oil paint, the genre is of a typical victorian country scene. The balance of the composition relies on the diagonal compositon with the movement of the dogs and the triangular composition in terms of light, reaching its peak in the snippet of sky showing through the trees.
With its delicate layers of subtle tonality, the work has a fresh appeal in terms of its avant-guard contemporary style.