Circle Of George Smith Of Chichester, Village Scene With Cottages

Circle Of George Smith Of Chichester, Village Scene With Cottages

This charming late 18th-century oil painting depicts a picturesque English village under a typically cloudy sky. On the left, we see several cottages and perhaps an oast house or circular barn. In the nearest cottage, a young man leans on a stable door while a woman waits outside.

While on the right, a gentleman chats to a weary friend who’s resting under an old tree. It appears he’s carrying a gun over his shoulder, perhaps heading into the woods to shoot.

The artist probably worked in the circle of George Smith (1713/14-1776) who was in turn influenced by 17th-century Dutch and French paintings. This particular piece has its roots in the Dutch tradition more than the French.

The painting is inscribed and housed within a period frame.

Medium: Oil on panel
Overall size: 26½” x 22½” / 67cm x 57cm
Year of creation: c. 1770
Condition: Areas of thinning paint in the sky area perhaps due to prior over-cleaning. Frame with some age-related wear.

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