A Meet in the West of England
A Meet in the West of England
A Meet in the West of England

JAMES ROSS (c.1700-c.1750)

A Meet in the West of England

c. 1730 England

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James Ross, Snr.
(English, c.1700-1750)
A Meet in the West of England
Circa 1730, signed J Ross lower left
Oil on canvas, in an antique Lely-pattern gilt frame
Dimensions: 139.5 x 120cm (55 x 47.25 inches) incl. frame

Related literature:
Stephen Deuchar, Sporting Art in 18th Century England (New Haven, 1988), p. 68, fig. 51
Sally Mitchell, The Dictionary of British Equestrian Artists, 1985, p. 366
Mary-Anne Wingfield, A Dictionary of Sporting Artists 1650-1990 (Antique Collectors Club, 1992)

James Ross was part of a small group of pioneering English artists who specialised in sporting pictures. This signed painting by Ross shows a mixed local hunting party and their dogs meeting beside a manor house, with the ruins of an old castle beside it. In the background is a broad river valley with high hills in the distance; a typical English landscape, yet painted in a sophisticated Italianate manner. It is a particularly fine and large example of early British sporting art.

According to Sally Mitchell (op. cit.) James Ross and his family lived and worked in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, in the West of England. The present painting’s background of a large river, wide valley and high, rolling hills in the distance bears strong resemblance to his local Severn Valley. Ross did paint known views of the Severn Valley area, for example in his set of four pictures of The Duke of Beaufort's Hunt, dated 1729-33 (Christie's London, 15th November 1996, lot 47).
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