John Henry Mole (British, Alnwick, Northumberland, 1814–1886)
Watercolor over graphite with gouache and scratching out
sheet: 13 x 19 7/16 in. (33 x 49.4 cm)
Gift of Robert Tuggle, 2006
Not on view
Born in Northumberland, Mole worked as a clerk before becoming a professional miniaturist and exhibiting at Newcastle-upon-Tyne and London. Around 1846, he shifted his focus to landscape and became a full member of the New Watercolour Society in 1848 (later the Institute of Painters in Water Colours), eventually serving as vice-president and exhibiting 679 works at their annual displays. "Cattle at a Watering Hole" is unusual in the artist's oeuvre for its broad handling, and the lack of figures--most of his landscapes include children. The location has not been identified, but the eroded limestone cliffs are reminiscent of the Yorkshire dales near Malham.
Signature: Signed lower left "J. H. Mole, R. J.[?]"
Artist: Caspar David Friedrich (German, Greifswald 1774–1840 Dresden)Date: ca. 1805–6Medium: Sepia colored ink, sepia colored wash, white gouache and graphite on off-white wove paperAccession: 2002.260On view in:Not on view