Watson, Thomas J. (1847-1912; English)
Cottage scenery
Watercolour, c. 22.86 x 33.02 cm (9” x 13”)
Purchased, 1871 (advice of John Ruskin)
Unidentified; present location unknown

Like several other works recorded as bought on Ruskin’s advice in c.1871, this drawing no longer appears to be in the NGV collection.

Reproductions of other examples by this artist suggest a modest topographical talent.

[comparative photo: Old Tudor House (auctioned in 2012)]


AR 1871, p.41; NGV 1894, p.49 (II.Stawell Gallery, no.33; size given as  9 x 13 inches); NGV 1905, p.48 (II.Stawell Gallery, no.46) [£10] 

For Watson, see Bénézit 14, p.680 (listing this work); Mallalieu (1976), p.271; and http://www.invaluable.com/artist/watson-thomas-j.-cxny6c66tl. The work reproduced above was sold by Davidson auctions, Annandale, 31 March 2012, lot 218: see http://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/watson,-thomas-j-british-1847-1912-218-c-31f3439d2a