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    Sale 7633

    Old Master & British Pictures (Day Sale)

    3 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 177

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

    Hop Pickers, in a cottage yard; and Apple Pickers, by a stream, the Cathedral and City of Chichester beyond

    Price Realised  

    George Smith of Chichester (Chichester c. 1714-1776)
    Hop Pickers, in a cottage yard; and Apple Pickers, by a stream, the Cathedral and City of Chichester beyond
    the former signed 'Geo Smith Chichester' (lower left); the latter signed 'Geo. Smith' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    17 x 25 in. (43.2 x 63.5 cm.)
    a pair (2)


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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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    Provenance

    Lord Royston.


    Literature

    Possibly M.H. Grant, The Old English Landscape Painters, Leigh-On-Sea, 1958, II, p. 122.


    Exhibited

    Chichester, Pallant House, Smith of Chichester, 3 May-3 August 1986, no. 9.