Charles Coleman (c.1807-1874)

The head of a goat

Charles Coleman


Signed with initials and inscribed l.l.: C.Cn/Roma, oil on board

19 x 16 cm; 7 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches

Charles Coleman settled in Rome as a young man around 1835 and remained there for the rest of his life, having married the famous Roman model Fortuna Segadori. He was a landscape and animal painter and engraver. From 1848-1850 he published a series of prints of herdsmen with buffaloes, oxen, bulls, cows, sheep, goats and dogs in the Roman campagna on bright, wintry days, which is probably from when this oil sketch also dates.

His son, Enrico Coleman (1846-1911), became known as a painter of the Roman campagna. He is deemed to have founded the ‘Campagna Romana’ school of painting and influenced the artist Nino Costa.