William Payne (British 1760-1833)
A thatched cottage in a wooded landscape
Sign in pen and brown ink verso: W. Payne, watercolour over traces of pencil with scratching out, framed in a wooden moulding
21 x 29.5 cm; 8 1/4 x 11 5/8 inches
Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Scotland
One of a group of four rural landscapes. This watercolour is in exceptional condition as it has never been kept in the light and is a picturesque composition based on the Devon landscape which Payne painted habitually. It is a late work, executed without Payne’s characteristic pen and grey ink outline seen in his earlier watercolours, and probably dates from circa 1810-1820.
The drawing was probably inherited by Lady Emily Frances Percy, daughter of the 2nd Duke of Northumberland who in 1810 married James, 1st Lord Glenlyon, and was the mother of George, 6th Duke of Atholl. The estate of Werrington, near Launceston was acquired by the 1st Duke of Northumberland and this may explain the family’s patronage of the artist.