‘The Glorious Twelfth’
Signed & dated 1856
Oil on Canvas
24” x 36”
William Luker Snr
William Luker was a fine painter of landscapes, genre and animals. Painting in London and Faringdon, he enjoyed considerable success during his lifetime, exhibiting from 1851-1889 at the Royal Academy, the British Institution and Suffolk Street.
His beautifully executed landscapes, painted in a relaxed form, with great attention to detail, illustrate his skill in capturing on canvas, the real British countryside. Luker was keen portray the diversity of the English landscape – not just the idyllic green fields, but also the desolate moor lands and rugged mountains, rising majestically on the horizon.
The Glorious Twelfth is a superb example of Luker’s work, with a grouse flying to join the covey, nestling amongst the heather, above a rock pool, with a shimmer of sunlight glistening in the still water. In the distance a solitary huntsman can be seen ambling with his gun across his shoulder. The landscape is set below a late summer sky, with a hint of blue behind the gentle clouds. William Luker has used all his skills in this fine painting, showing his keen observation, attention to detail and balanced composition, producing a wonderful, peaceful landscape.
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