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    Sale 7545

    A Town House in Mayfair

    20 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 579

    James Ross (Gloucester? active c.1729-1738)

    A gentleman on a grey at a riding school executing a reinback on a single rein

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    James Ross (Gloucester? active c.1729-1738)
    A gentleman on a grey at a riding school executing a reinback on a single rein
    signed 'J. Ross f' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    11½ x 13½ in. (29.2 x 34.3 cm.)


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    Relatively little is known of Ross who appears to have worked mainly in the West Country. Following in the tradition of Peter Tillemans and Jan Wyck, the artist was also clearly influenced by the work of John Wootton. He had a great talent for equestrian subjects and is best known for his hunting pictures (a set of four works depicting The Duke of Beaufort's Hunt was sold in these Rooms, 15 November 1996, lot 47, for £165,000). He may have been related to Thomas Ross (fl. 1730-57), the decorative and topographical painter.

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    Provenance

    with Arthur Ackermann & Son Ltd., London, 1981.


    Literature

    S. Mitchell, The Dictionary of British Equestrian Artists, Suffolk, 1985, p. 366, illus.