The Crown Inn

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Other
    City: storage

    This picturesque settlement, which includes an inn, a watermill and ruins covered in vegetation is probably an idealised view of an imagined settlement by artist Nicholas Thomas Dall.

  • About the artist
    Nicholas Thomas Dall was of Scandinavian origin, but little is known of his early life. He may have studied in Bologna in the 1740s as he was based there when commissioned by Thomas Anson (c.1695-1773) to produce capriccios for Shugborough Hall, Staffordshire. Dall later travelled to England and was in London by late 1756. In the following year he was employed as a scene painter at Covent Garden, a post he retained until his death. However, he also continued to practice as a decorative painter, producing works for Harewood House, Yorkshire, and Moor Park, Hertfordshire. He exhibited at the Society of British Artists and the Royal Academy, which he was elected an associate member of in 1771. Dall died at home in Great Newport Street, London.
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    Materials & Techniques
    canvas, oil, oil painting, oval
  • Details
    Title
    The Crown Inn
    Date
    1770
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 100.00 cm, width: 145.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Pawsey & Payne, September 1964
    Inscription
    signed verso
    Provenance
    With Pawsey & Payne; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in September 1964
    GAC number
    6671