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Painting Title Cattle
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Cauwer, Leopold de (German artist, active 1870-76)
Date 1856 (dated)
Signed yes
Description Two cows in a marshy field with a flock of sheep and a shepherd. Leopold de Cauwer was an artist active in the second half of the 19th century but almost nothing is known about him. Some of his paintings, dated 1854-56, have appeared in auctions, depicting mainly domestic animals and cattle. An apparently almost identical depiction as YORAG : 301 appeared on a German art market in 1991 entitled Zwei Kühe in weiter bewaldeter Flußlandschaft, also dated 1856.
Current Accession Number YORAG : 301
Inscription front ll 'Leop. De Cauwer fc/56'
Subject landscape; animal (cattle)
Measurements 58.4 x 81.3 cm
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by John Burton 1882.
Principal Exhibitions Yorkshire Fine Art and Industrial Institution, Summer Exhibition, York, 1883, no. 110 as by Leopold de Courver.
Publications Howarth, E., Catalogue of Pictures in the Permanent Collection, York, 1907, cat. 34; York Art Gallery Catalogue - Catalogue of Paintings, Vol. III: English and European 19th and 20th centuries, The Reserve Collection, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1974, p. 13; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 255.

John Burton (1799-1882) was a horse dealer and farmer; he created a collection of paintings (mainly Victorian) in his villa in Poppleton, Yorkshire. He had been on the organising committees for the 1866 and 1879 exhibitions in York and decided to leave his collection to the citizens of York rather than his first choice, the National Gallery (he was persuaded to change his will a month prior to his death). The Burton Bequest of 127 pictures founded the York Gallery's permanent collection.

Rights Owner York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)
Author Dr Magdalena Łanuszka



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