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William Green of Oxford Fl.1749-1765
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William Green of Oxford Fl.1749-1765

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A hound in a landscape

 

Oil painting on canvas 25 x 30 inches and in a good carved and gilded Georgian frame

 

Provenance: …….by family descent in Oxfordshire until sold 2010

 

The Green(e) family of Oxford were painters in that city for at least two generations in the middle of the 18th century. Their output is relatively small, though it is likely, given the large number of painting types (landscape; conversation pieces; sporting pictures, still lives etc.) that many more exist than are presently known – presumably because they are unsigned.

 

William Green is first documented in 1749 when he painted and signed a portrait of Sir Anthony Van Dyck after the portrait bust by Rysbrack; he may well, too, have been the author of the painting of “An Oxford Book Auction” (Oxford, Bodleian Library) painted two years earlier in 1747. The initial of the signature on that painting is illegible – it may be by the painter J(ohn) Green. It seems likely, from the evidence of the Waterford manuscripts, that the two were brothers. John was painting as late as 1768, when his brother was “recently deceased”.

 

The painting is executed in a crisp and detailed technique which betokens an accomplished and expert hand. Stylistically, it is close to the work of James Seymour. This is one of only two known Dog painting by the artist.

 

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A favourite liver and white pointer standing in a landscape. Oil painting on canvas 40 x 50 inches Signed and dated 1757. The only known signed dog painting by the artist


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