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circle of John Wootton, Pastoral Figures among Ruins

Photo courtesy of Dave Penman (All rights reserved)

Details

Country House
Trewithen
Title(s)
Pastoral Figures among Ruins
Date
c.1735
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Overall height: 60 cm, Overall width: 13.5 cm
Artist
circle of John Wootton (1682-1764)
Catalogue Number
TN5

Description

An overmantel framed in a contemporary George II giltwood frame. The painting and overmantel are described in an inventory of Trewithen taken in 1768 as ‘in the Drawing Room: ‘A Chimney Looking Glass in a Gilt frame middle plate 34½ by 18 in; the 2 ends Do 18 by 9 in, with a Landskip – £3 – 13 – 6.’1

It seems likely that the overmantel dates from Philip Hawkins II’s building phase of the house. The painting itself seems likely to be by a British decorative artist imitating Dutch seventeenth-century models. It may be by the same hand as the overmantel in the Drawing Room (TN14).

In the inventory of June 1829 it is listed in the Drawing Room as ‘1 Picture. Landscape over & enclosed in a Frame with pier glass on the Mantelpiece’, and valued at £5.

by Jonny Yarker

Footnotes

  1. CRO J/1/1691.

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