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STILL LIFE OF FRUIT
1758 – 1819 labels verso
Oil on board 15 x 18 inches
Framed size 20 x 23 inches
Gray was a painter of still-lifes and portraits in both oils and crayons. He was born in Newcastle where he was apprenticed to an ‘eminent fruit painter’ called Jones.
He sailed from Whitehaven on a ‘botanizing expedition’ in 1787 and on another to Poland. When he returned to Newcastle he opened a shop in Dean Street as a ‘portrait, fruit, house and sign painter’. He was a close friend of Thomas Bewick. Gray exhibited one work at the Royal Academy in 1811.
Works by the artist are in the Laing Art Gallery; Newcastle; Shipley Art Gallery & Gateshead.
Bibl: Dictionary of British 18th Century Painters –
Dictionary of Portrait Painters – Stewart/Cutten
|Height||15.00 inch||(38.10 cm)|
|Width||18.00 inch||(45.72 cm)|
|External Height||20.00 inch||(50.80 cm)|
|External Width||23.00 inch||(58.42 cm)|
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