Near Ripley, Surrey

Ebenezer Wake Cookcirca 1884

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia

After more than 20 years in Australia, Ebenezer Wake Cook returned to England in 1873 to pursue a full-time career as a painter. His small-scale landscape watercolours – such as this evocation of spring in a densely wooded landscape with children picking bluebells – can be particularly enchanting. The artist has paid careful attention to the individual trees with their ivy-clad trunks, and foliage in varying stages of growth. ‘He has the power of throwing a rare charm over the landscape’, as one critic remarked of Cook. ‘He is exceedingly happy in his views of winding valleys stretching away softly into the distance.’


  • Title: Near Ripley, Surrey
  • Creator: Ebenezer Wake Cook
  • Date Created: circa 1884
  • Physical Dimensions: 26.0 x 36.0 cm image/sheet; 51.0 x 61.5 x 2.5 cm frame
  • Provenance: Albert and Katey Nathan, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, Bequest of Albert and Katey Nathan in 1941
  • Type: Watercolour
  • Rights: Bequest of Albert and Katey Nathan 1941
  • External Link: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/7148/
  • Medium: watercolour with bodycolour and scraping out
  • Signature & Date: Signed l.l., "E. Wake Cook". Not dated.
  • Object Other Titles: Ripley – Surrey
  • Artist Country: England, Australia, England

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