The Cock Inn, Cheam Common

Richard Wilson (1712/13 - 1782)

oil on canvas

c.1745-1747
  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Other
    City: other locations abroad
  • About the artist
    Richard Wilson was a key figure in the early development of British landscape painting. He worked as a portraitist until the 1750s, when he spent seven years studying in Italy. He trained himself to become a landscape artist in the style of Lorrain and Poussin, whose classical and idyllic landscapes were popular with the English upper classes. Wilson built up a successful landscape practice in London on his return from Italy, but his career declined in the 1770s, in part as a result of his alcoholism and illness.
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  • Details
    Title
    The Cock Inn, Cheam Common
    Date
    c.1745-1747
    Medium
    oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 84.50 cm, width: 144.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Agnew's, May 1980
    Provenance
    Collection of Mr and Mrs Carr of Petersham; from whom purchased by Ronald Lee; with Leggatt Bros. in 1954; collection of Maurice Harold Grant (pseudonym Linesman; born 1872); sold through Christie's, London, 'Important English Pictures' sale, on 18 June 1976 (Lot 112), for £6000; with Agnew's Gallery, London; from whom purchased by the Department of the Environment in May 1980
    GAC number
    15029