A superb watercolour moorland landscape by the Scottish artist James Cadenhead RSA RSW (1858-1927). The work shows a dramatic and atmospheric landscape of mountains and bracken through which runs to the forefront of the work a stone track, along the track at the end of a days work is a man leading a horse and cart loaded with bracken. The work is fantastically done with broad strokes of colour in the landscape and detailed touches around the figure and horse. The work is a wonderful depiction of a dusk day in the highlands of Scotland. The picture is in excellent condition, dates to C.1910 and is signed with the artists distinct mongramme in the lower left, and newly mounted in an off white slip and framed in a period oak frame.
James Cadenhead was born in Aberdeen 12 January 1858, son of George Cadenhead, Procurator Fiscal. Cadenhead was educated in Aberdeen. He was admitted to the Trustees' Academy at the Mound in Edinburgh in 1878. He later went to Paris where he studied in Carolus-Duran's atelier, returning from Paris, he painted portraits and landscapes; later his etchings also gained recognition. His work is now in the City Art Centre in Edinburgh, Aberdeen Art Gallery, other galleries and private collections. He was a founding member of the New English Art Club, member of Scottish Society of Artists, Scottish Modern Arts Association, Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Water Colours, and the Society of Eight in Edinburgh. After he returned to Edinburgh, he worked closely with Patrick Geddes on projects in Old Town, served on the Outlook Tower Committee several years, and moved to Ramsay Garden in 1893. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Scottish Academy and Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, achieving academician status in the Royal Scottish Academy in 1921. He was also a founder member in 1886 of the New English Art Club along with Thomas Cooper Gotch, John Singer Sargent, Philip Wilson Steer, George Clausen and Stanhope Forbes. In style Cadenhead's earlier landscapes show the influence of the French Impressionist, but later works point to the influence of Japanese art in their flat decorative design. Cadenhead was also a scholarly writer, musician and poet. He was married to Wilhelmina Wilson from South Bantaskine, Falkirk, and they had three children: George, Mary Katherine, and William. Cadenhead died at his residence, 15 Inverleith Terrace, Edinburgh, 22 January 1927 and was interred in Warriston Cemetery.
Cadenhead's exhibited works are as follows:
Baille Gallery 2
Connell and Sons Gallery 5
Glasgow Institue of Fine Art 27
Walker Gallery Liverpool 9
Manchester City Art Gallery 5
New English Art Club 3
Royal Scottish Academy 148
Royal Scottish Academy of Painters in Watercolour 60
Arthur Tooth and Sons Gallery 1
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