Francis Wheatley painted in London and drew upon memories of his time spent in the countryside for the subject matter of these works. Wheatley also used his imagination to create landscapes that provided context for his rustic scenes of country people going about their daily lives. Rural cottages, taverns, and stables were common elements in these works. At that time there was strong marketplace demand for engravings and affordable prints of paintings like this. That’s why his print sellers’ advice played a large role in this artist’s choice of subject matter, too.
Medium: Oil on canvas
Inscriptions: Signed and dated lower left: "F. Wheatley, 1791"
Dimensions: H: 19 x W: 25 1/2 in.
Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection
Category: Paintings - Subject Pictures
Purchased July 3, 1975 from Newhouse Galleries. From the collections of Mr. W.K. D'Arcy, Bylaugh Park, Norfolk, England, 1809; the D'Arcy family, Bylaugh Park, Norfolk, England; and a private collection, London, England. Recorded in "F. Wheatley, R.A., His Life and Works" by W. Roberts, London, England, 1910, pages 13 and 14.