Edward John Cobbett, R.B.A.

(1815 - 1899)

British artist, painted genre scenes and landscapes. He was a member of the Society of British Artists in London after 1856. From 1833 to 1880 he exhibited a large number of works notably at Suffolk Street as well as at the Royal Academy and the British Institute in London. The Art Journal said of his "Heather Bells" of 1859: 'A company of colliers daughters with such (!) petticoats for colors and texture, and standing on a piece of hillside bottom, rich in grasses, and fragrant with the sweet heath bloom. The figures are made to tell powerfully against the sky and distances.

Admired for his attention to detail, Cobbett is particularly adept at capturing the textures of different elements in this pastorale: the scabrous, dying ferns and the sharp green grasses; the soft folds of the caregiver’s cloak; the smoothness of the ceramic water jug; and the nubby surface of the woven basket. Cobbett’s technical facility in combination with the painting’s gently sentimental subject no doubt charmed 19th-century viewers.

Edward John Cobbett is represented in the permanent collections of the York Art Gallery in England. He is listed in the "Dictionary of British Art, Volume IV".

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