Oriel Lodge, Cheltenham by Unknown Artist

A Chinese 'export' or 'trade' painting in its original Chinese carved and gilded frame, by an unknown artist.


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.

Venue details

The Wilson: Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum Clarence Street, Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL50 3JT 01242 237431 www.cheltenhamartgallery.org.uk/

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