Elegant figures promenading before a house in a parkland setting
Elegant figures promenading before a house in a parkland setting
Elegant figures promenading before a house in a parkland setting
Elegant figures promenading before a house in a parkland setting
Elegant figures promenading before a house in a parkland setting

J H KRAMER (worked 1765-1775)

Elegant figures promenading before a house in a parkland setting

1765 to 1775 England

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J H Kramer was an 18th century artist who was best known as a portrait painter but occasionally produced landscapes.

There is nothing known about his life and the only evidence of his career is the record of paintings that he exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Society of Artists between 1765 and 1775. Between 1765 and 1768, he sent three paintings to the Society of Artists, one of which was a landscape and the other two bore the same title of “Portrait of an Artist”. These were entered from two different addresses: ‘At Mr Rummer’s in Denmark Street’ and ‘At Mr Ham’s, without Temple Bar’.

In 1775, he sent two works to the Royal Academy: one was a portrait and the other titled “A landscape from nature”. The address that he gave to the RA in this instance was ‘At Dr Rowley’s, Castle Street, Leicester Square’.

The fact that he did not supply an address of his own is, although not unique, certainly intriguing. Rather like a poste restant address, it implies that he may not have been a permanent London resident, either coming to the capital for commissions from further afield in England or possibly even being from the continent. This painting shows the influence of 17th Dutch artists of townscapes such as Gerrit Berkheyde and Jan van der Heyden and the 18th century Isaac Ouwater. These carefully constructed architectural scenes were much prized in the Netherlands and with the Dutch influence which came into this country following the accession of William III, which manifested itself in garden design and buildings as well as in other aspects of the arts.

Bibliography: The Dictionary of British 18th Century Painters - Ellis Waterhouse
Dictionary of British Landscape Painters - Maurice Grant
Dimensions
Height 76.60 cm (30.16 inches)
Width 93.80 cm (36.93 inches)
External Height 105.50 cm (41.54 inches)
External Width 134.00 cm (52.76 inches)
Medium
Oil on canvas
Signed/Inscribed
signed and inscribed pinxit and dated 177*
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