• Old Masters & 19th Century Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5859

    Old Masters & 19th Century Art

    28 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 106

    George Smith of Chichester (Chichester c. 1714-1776)

    A wooded river landscape, thought to be on the Wye, a traveller and his mule by a cottage

    Price Realised  

    George Smith of Chichester (Chichester c. 1714-1776)
    A wooded river landscape, thought to be on the Wye, a traveller and his mule by a cottage
    oil on canvas
    40¼ x 50 in. (102.3 x 127 cm.)
    in an 18th Century carved, pierced and gilded frame


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    The artist was born in Chichester to William Smith, a tradesman. Both of his brothers, John (c. 1717-64) and William (1707-64), were also artists. Charles, 2nd Duke of Richmond and Lennox (1701-1750) was a major patron of the brothers and encouraged their interest in landscape painting. In 1760, George won the first landscape premium offered by the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. The brothers' reputation was spread through engravings by Woollett, William Elliot, James Peake and Francois Vivares, many of which were exported to France.

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