View in St. James’s Park Showing Rosamund’s Pond
Lithographpublished 25 December 1840
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About the artist
F. Ross was an engraver and was based in London throughout his career. He exhibited two works at the Society of British Artists in Suffolk Street, London. In 1828 he was living at 4 Howland Street, near the Strand, when he exhibited a work made after a Correggio (described as a watercolour, miniature or print). In 1849 he gave his address as 1 Cowley Cottage, Wandsworth Road, when he exhibited a lithograph of ‘Evening’, after a work by Dutch painter Paulus Potter (1625-1654), which was then in the collection of Henry Ralph Willett of Merly House in Dorset. Ross’s ‘View of St. James's Park Shewing Rosamond's Pond’ (published 1840) was engraved after a Hogarth painting, also in Willett’s collection.
The portraits and social satires of William Hogarth, painter and engraver, have come to define the period in which he lived. His best known works include his series of satirical of paintings, such as ‘The Beggar’s Opera’ (c.1729, Birmingham City Art Gallery, private collection and National Gallery of Art, Washington) and ‘A Rake’s Progress’ (c.1734, Sir John Soane's Museum, London). He also painted formal portraits, including the philanthropist ‘Captain Thomas Coram’ (1740, Coram family, in the care of the Foundling Museum, London) and ‘The Graham Children’ (1742, National Gallery, London). Hogarth lived and worked in London for most of his life and was a major benefactor of the Foundling Museum during the 1740s, founded by Captain Coram.