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George Vicat Cole

George Vicat Cole
Victorian era painter George Vicat Cole was the middle of three generations of painters; his father, George Cole, and his son, Rex Vicat Cole, were both painters of note. His daughter, Mary Blanch Cole, was also an artist, but I’ve been unable to find any information about her online.

George Vicat Cole was noted for his English landscapes, mostly of the countryside in southeastern England, but also occasionally of London and its surrounds.

Some of his paintings with figures can feel a bit artificial, but others are more naturalistic and feel directly observed. There is a particular delight, I think, in the textures of foliage, tree trunks and rocks, and the play of light on distant hills and fields.

I’m uncertain if some of his father’s work may be mixed in with his in some of the online sources, as their styles are similar.


9 responses to “George Vicat Cole”

  1. Oh, so Rex was his son! I always wondered how they were related. I love Rex Vicat Cole’s books about perspective and trees. You can still get them from Dover.

    1. Thanks, James. Yes, I have the book on tree anatomy, but not the perspective one. Rex Vicat Cole’s own drawings in the tree book are wonderful. Post on him to follow.

      For the benefit of other readers, here are Dover’s listings for books by Rex Vicat Cole:
      The Artistic Anatomy of Trees
      Perspective for Artists

  2. Thanks for the links

  3. Why Vicat? George Cole adopted his French Huguenot mother’s maiden name. Eliza Vicat was born in 1812.

    1. Thanks, ælle.

  4. As an artist turned landscape architect, I wondered why Rex used common names in the text without the accompanying botanical taxonomy. Perhaps to appeal to the art student more than botanist? Makes sense.


    1. Yes, Bill. I think the book was pretty squarely aimed at art students, as you suggest. There may even have been a thought that the inclusion of scientific nomenclature might make it seem less so.

  5. What an amazing pictures in terms of London and landscape.