Oil on canvas laid on board; monogrammed; dedicated 'To John Hancock Esq/with kind regards of/ J S Raven' verso.
4.5 x 5 inches
The Maas Gallery, no. 13321
Born the son of a Suffolk Vicar, Raven painted at first in the manner of Constable and Old Crome. In the late 1850s and ‘60s he painted several ambitious landscapes in the Pre-Raphaelite manner that attracted favourable mention from Ruskin, but he did not forsake his original way of working: Out-of- doors on a small scale, building rich golden colours with a knife over sombre grounds to great atmospheric effect.
John Hancock, to whom the picture is dedicated, was a sculptor connected with the Pre-Raphaelites through Thomas Woolner, a fellow sculptor with whom he shared a studio. Hancock died young, in 1869, dating the picture before that. The scene may be across ripening corn on the South Downs of Sussex, a favourite haunt of his; in the distance is a town, perhaps Hastings or Eastbourne, with the sunlit sea beyond.