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James Ross was part of a small group of pioneering English artists who specialized in sporting pictures. This signed painting by Ross shows a mixed local hunting party and their dogs meeting beside a manor house, with what appears to be 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 1729-1733 (Christie's London, 15th November, 1996, lot 47).
|Height||140.00 cm||(55.12 inches)|
|Width||120.00 cm||(47.24 inches)|
|Depth||8.00 cm||(3.15 inches)|