COOPER, Thomas Sidney
(b. 1803, Canterbury, d. 1902, Vernon Holme)

Summer Evening

Oil on canvas, 72 x 92 cm
Private collection

The present painting is a striking example of Thomas Sidney Cooper's skill as a painter of cattle. Furthermore, Cooper's work references the influence of the seventeenth-century Dutch landscape painters Paulus Potter and Albert Cuyp, who are known to have greatly inspired his work. Known as the English 'Paul Potter', Cooper was impressed by the Dutch master of the pastoral landscape.

The influence of the work of Cuyp on Cooper can be appreciated in Cuyp's Young Herdsman with Cows. Cooper seems to appropriate elements of Cuyp's compositional structure by creating a vast sense of space by silhouetting the cattle against the sky.