INTERIOR SCENE WATERCOLOUR FRANCIS WHEATLEY RA (1747-1801)
INTERIOR SCENE WATERCOLOUR FRANCIS WHEATLEY RA (1747-1801)
INTERIOR SCENE WATERCOLOUR FRANCIS WHEATLEY RA (1747-1801)
INTERIOR SCENE WATERCOLOUR FRANCIS WHEATLEY RA (1747-1801)
INTERIOR SCENE WATERCOLOUR FRANCIS WHEATLEY RA (1747-1801)
INTERIOR SCENE WATERCOLOUR FRANCIS WHEATLEY RA (1747-1801)

INTERIOR SCENE WATERCOLOUR FRANCIS WHEATLEY RA (1747-1801)

c. 1880 BRITISH

Offered by Steve Sly Japanese Works Of Art (Stags Head Antiques Ltd)

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We are delighted to offer this 18th century watercolour in its period gilded frame , the picture depicts an interior scene and is titled "a promising story"it is painted by the well known Royal Academy artist Francis Wheatley 1747-1801 and is indistinctly signed on the lower right border , the back boards have old auction stamps on them / and a framer or retailers label for Elliot and Smith of Grafton Street London .

A rare example of a highly regarded 18th century artist
The frame is a little worse for wear but the picture is intact and in good order
Wheatley was born at Wild Court, Covent Garden, London, the son of a master tailor. He studied at William Shipley's drawing school and the Royal Academy, and won several prizes from the Society of Arts. He assisted in the decoration of Vauxhall, and aided John Hamilton Mortimer in painting a ceiling for Lord Melbourne at Brocket Hall in Hertfordshire.

In his youth, his life was irregular and dissipated. He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1778, built up a good practice and was praised by the critics. But he fell in with extravagant company and was forced to flee his creditors: so he eloped to Ireland with Elizabeth Gresse, wife of a fellow artist John Alexander Gresse (1741–1794).

In the summer of 1779 he was in Dublin with Elizabeth whom he passed off as his wife, and established himself there as a portrait-painter, executing, among other works, the best-known interior of the Irish House of Commons. He also painted the review of the Dublin regiments of the Irish Volunteers in College Green in November 1779, the basis for a best-selling print bought by numerous Irish Patriot supporters. He was careful to include the grandees of Dublin and also exotic visitors such as Princess Dashkov.

The circumstances of his private life were revealed, and he returned to London. He produced small landscapes, portraits, or street scenes, and began to work in imitation of the French painter Jean-Baptiste Greuze. His scene from the Gordon Riots of 1780 was engraved by James Heath; this was noted as one of his best, but was lost to a fire. He painted several subjects for Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery, designed illustrations to Bell's edition of the poets, and practised to some small extent as an etcher and mezzotint-engraver. It is, however, as a painter, in both oil and water-color, of landscapes and rustic subjects that Wheatley is best remembered. He was elected an associate of the Royal Academy in 1790, and an academician in the following year.

He married in 1787 one of his most popular models, the young Clara Maria Leigh (1768–1838), who was also an artist. They had a daughter, also Clara Maria, born in 1788. After Wheatley died, his widow married the Irish actor Alexander Pope, and as Mrs Pope she was known as a painter of flowers and portraits.
Dimensions
Height 34.00 cm (13.39 inches)
Width 25.50 cm (10.04 inches)
External Height 42.00 cm (16.54 inches)
External Width 33.00 cm (12.99 inches)
Medium
WATERCOLOUR
Signed/Inscribed
FRANCIS WHEATLEY
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