Samuel Pepys Cockerell (British 1844-1921)
In Merton Meadows, Oxford
Signed, inscribed and dated 66 (to mount)
15.8 x 19.6cm (6 x 7½ in.)
By descent to the sitter, the artist's daughter Frederica Lucy Cockerell
By family descent to the present owner
Samuel Pepys Cockerell (1844-1921) | lots 237-241
The following group of works from the collection of Samuel Pepys Cockerell (1844-1921) have passed through descent to the present owner and are coming to market for the first time since leaving the artist's studio. Cockerell was the youngest son of architect, archaeologist and writer Charles Robert Cockerell, RA, RIBA (1788-1863). Samuel Cockerell established a career as a sculptor, painter and like his father, a writer. After studying a B.A. honours degree at Christ Church, Oxford Cockerell entered the Royal Academy Schools and exhibited at the Academy almost annually between 1875 and 1903. Cockerell had a particular interest in sculpture but also depicted a range of broad subjects from literary and biblical references and portraiture. His range of works were exhibited widely not only at the Royal Academy but further afield at the Grosvenor Gallery, the New Gallery, the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. Cockerell was also an avid art collector who was particularly fond of works by the Pre-Raphaelites.
One of the most influential figures in Cockerell's life and career was his dear friend Frederic, Lord Leighton. Cockerell and fellow painter Valentine Cameron Prinsep were Leighton's executors and were present alongside family at Leighton's bedside on his death on 25th January 1896. Leighton trusted Cockerell's opinion and according to G. Ulick Browne's article in The Studio Leighton asked 'Cockerell's advice about the design and composition of his picture, and, what is more to the point, almost always took it.' Included in the collection is a series of landscapes by Lord Frederic Leighton depicting views of Lindisfarne Castle. Cockerell's close relationship with Frederic Leighton had a strong influence on both his work and personal life especially from 1875 until Leighton's death in 1896.
Works by Cockerell himself show his sensitive nature through two endearing small scale studies of his daughter Frederica Lucy and his interest in sculpture is evident through his detailed portrayal of the statue of Pope Julius III in Perugia.