A Chinese 'export' or 'trade' painting in its original Chinese carved and gilded frame, by an unknown artist.
Oriel Lodge, Cheltenham by Unknown Artist, c. 18231838
© The Wilson: Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum
- Oil on canvas in original carved & gilded Chinese frame
- 15.2 x 21.5 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £1,300 ( Total: £3,500)
- Acquired in:
- Martyn Gregory Gallery
Pictures were commissioned from Cantonese artists by foreign merchants, and were usually scenes of China itself; the commission of an image of a private residence in England is very rare. Oriel Lodge is Cheltenham's earliest Gothic Revival house and was built by Captain Charles Timmins (1773-1838). He almost certainly commissioned the work.
Sold at Sharpes auctioneers, 2005, where purchased by Mr Letham, Scotland; Dan Shackleton, Scotland; Martyn Gregory Gallery, London.