Star Lot: A stunning original antique oil on canvas painting by the 19th century English school artist Edmund Morison Wimperis. Features a two shepherdesses in a sweeping rural landscape. Housed in a fabulous heavy antique Chippendale gilt frame. Wimperis does excellently at auction, fetching $3,250 for a similar oil work at Christie's. MM: W90 x L66 cm in frame.
About 1851, Edmund was apprenticed to the wood-engraver Mason Jackson, for seven years, and also trained under the watercolourist Myles Birket Foster. From about 1863, he worked for the publisher Joseph Cundall and for the Illustrated London News. Later in his life, he started to paint and sketch with Thomas Collier. When aged about 38 he became a professional landscape painter and member of the Society of British Artists. In 1874, he joined the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, and went on to become one of its foremost members, being elected vice-president in 1895.