Hunting Meet in the West of England, 18th Century English Oil Painting
Hunting Meet in the West of England, 18th Century English Oil Painting

JAMES ROSS (worked 1700-1800)

Hunting Meet in the West of England, 18th Century English Oil Painting

c. 1730 England

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Signed J Ross lower left. Oil on canvas, circa 1730 in an antique lely-pattern gilt frame. Dimensions: 139.5 x 120 cm (55 x 47.25 inches) including frame.

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).
Private collection, England
Stephen Deuchar, Sporting Art in 18th century, England (New Haven, 1988), p. 68, fig. 51, which shows Racing at Newmarket, The Finish. 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).
Dimensions
Height 140.00 cm (55.12 inches)
Width 120.00 cm (47.24 inches)
Depth 8.00 cm (3.15 inches)
Stock Code
545
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