British School 18th centuryA Family Group in a Landscape c.1750

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A Family Group in a Landscape
Date c.1750
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 698 x 902 mm
Acquisition Presented by Mrs H.A. Wilder 1939
Not on display

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N05049 Family Group in a Landscape c.1750

Oil on canvas 720×898 (27 5/8×35 3/8)

Presented by Mrs Helen Alice Wilder to the National Gallery 1939; transferred to the Tate Gallery 1949

PROVENANCE ...; Mrs Anna Dora Denison (née Cumberbatch); her god-daughter and heir Mrs H.A. Wilder of Newton House, Tetbury, Glos., 1939, by whom presented to the National Gallery ‘in accordance with the wishes of the late Mrs E.F. Denison’

The family group, comprising both parents, a boy and three girls, remains unidentified, although the tradition is that the painting descended in Mrs Denison's family.

The style is close to some British provincial painters of this period, although the high colour and strong blue and russet tones of the foliage and distant town prospect are unusual and suggest Continental influence. Comparison with David Morier (c. 1705–70), who worked in England from c. 1743 onwards, is possible but, as all his documented paintings are of military subjects, must remain inconclusive… (read more)

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