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Oil painting - Wooded glen

Wooded glen

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    England, Great Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    1860 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Frederick Lee, born 1798 - died 1879 (artist)
    Thomas Sidney Cooper, born 1803 - died 1902 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Charles Rivaz

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This painting is a combined effort by Frederick Richard Lee (1798-1879) and Thomas Sydney Cooper (1803-1902). From 1847 they were regular collaborators, Lee undertaking the painting of the landscape and Cooper the painting of the animals. In Walks Among London's Pictures published in 1910, E.B. Chancellor wrote of this picture: "the landscape is clever and attractive, especially the glimpse of the distance, and the cows are less 'tinny' than is usual with Cooper [proving how] infinitely better his work in this direction was as an adjunct to a landscape than when the animals formed the chief motif." Despite both artists exhibiting many works at the Royal Academy and elsewhere, this particular one does not appear to have been shown.

Physical description

In the foreground a group of six, horned cows stand in a river. On the left bank are three further cows, two lying down and one standing, and a number of sheep. The right bank has two large trees near the waters edge and then slopes steeply upwards as a grassy incline lined with trees. In the centre midground is a thatched cottage, nestling amongst the trees, with smoke coming from its chimney. In the background are hills covered in trees.

Place of Origin

England, Great Britain (painted)


1860 (painted)


Frederick Lee, born 1798 - died 1879 (artist)
Thomas Sidney Cooper, born 1803 - died 1902 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Oil on canvas

Marks and inscriptions

F R Lee RA/TS Cooper ARA 1860


Height: 74.8 cm estimate, Width: 105.3 cm estimate, Height: 105.5 cm framed, Width: 135.5 cm framed, Depth: 11 cm framed

Object history note

Given by Mrs Charles Rivaz, 1888

Descriptive line

Oil painting on canvas, 'Wooded Glen', Frederick Richard Lee and Thomas Sydney Cooper, 1860.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 156
The following is the full text of the entry:

""LEE, Frederick Richard, RA (1798/?9-1879)
Born Barnstaple, Devon, 1798 or 1799. Served in the army, retired because of ill-health, and entered RA Schools 1818. Exhibited 171 landscapes at the RA between 1824 and 1870,131 at the BI 1822-55, and 24 at the SBA 1825-37. Subjects mainly views in Devon, but also elsewhere in England, Wales and Scotland; visited, in his yacht, France, Spain and Italy. From 1847 he collaborated regularly with the animal painter T S Cooper and sometimes with Sir Edwin Landseer. Elected ARA 1834, RA 1838. According to Cooper, he saw painting 'more of a pastime than as a business, and he always gave me the impression that he considered the profession beneath him'. Retired from the RA 1871, and died at Vleeson Bank, South Africa, 5 June 1879.
LIT: Athenaeum 12 July 1879, p58 (obit); Art Journal 1879, p184 (obit); T S Cooper My Life 1890, I, pp325-30

Wooded Glen
1827-1888 Neg 34013
Canvas, 74.8 × 105.3 cm (29 ½ × 41½ ins)
Signed and dated 'F R Lee RA/T S Cooper ARA 1860' bl
Given by Mrs Charles Rivas 1888

The cattle, and presumably the sheep, were painted by Cooper. The two artists regularly collaborated from 1847; according to Cooper, 'We settled that he should paint the landscape part first, and send the picture up to me in an advanced state, the part where I was to introduce the cattle being only just coloured over (p239)'. The painting does not seem to have been exhibited.

Ronald Parkinson"


Canvas; Oil paint


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Landscape; Trees; Cows; River; Sheep; Cottage



Collection code


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