British & Continental Art
September 11 — 16, 2021
Auction begins to close at 2:00 pm ET
Attributed to Patrick Nasmyth (1787-1831)
Partial printed old auction label headed “Patrick Nasmyth” / “... Landscape”/… presented by the artist to his friend… painter in Edinburgh on occasion” to the verso;
Ex. Coll. The Rt. Honourable Lord Parmoor inscribed in pen and ink to an old label verso;
Estate of Robert Sturgess, Toronto;
Waddington's, November 10, 2016, Lot 211;
Estate of W.A. Ross MacFadden, Toronto
Patrick Nasmyth was known as the "English Hobbema." He was a Scottish landscape painter and the eldest son of the artist Alexander Nasmyth (1758-1840). Nasmyth's style was inspired by the 17th Century Dutch School and was a founding member of the Royal Society of British Artists. Prominent Toronto businessman and avid art collector, Ross MacFadden, was enamoured by the technical virtuosity of the Dutch School and their attention to detail.
Many of Nasmyth’s siblings were also painters which has often led to confusion regarding attribution. A partial, unknown label verso indicates that this work was “…presented by the artist to his friend….” While MacFadden would often boast that he had found an old book or journal at the library that confirmed the authenticity of a particular painting, there are no records to support that he researched the attribution of “The Angler’s Corner" other than having it reframed; he enjoyed it as it was.