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Oil painting - The Mall, Kensington Gravel Pits
  • The Mall, Kensington Gravel Pits
    Mulready, William RA, born 1786 - died 1863
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The Mall, Kensington Gravel Pits

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1811-1812 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mulready, William RA, born 1786 - died 1863 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This scene is reported to have been partly taken from the Mall as it stood in 1812 and partly composed. The area that was called the Kensingtom Gravel Pits is now known as Notting Hill Gate. In the nineteenth century the area was considered to have fresh, unpolluted air and ragarded as a resort for health and holidays. William Mulready lived and worked in this area from around 1811. It was also a neighbourhood that was popular with other artists such as A.W. Callcott, John Linnell, William Collins and David Wilkie, all of whose work is represented in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

This painting, dated to 1811/12 preceded a later work of 1812/13 entitled Near the Mall, Kensington Gravel Pits, number FA.135 in the V&A.

Physical description

Oil on canvas; a straight path flanked by houses and showing children playing and a woman standing outside a cottage

Place of Origin

England (painted)


ca. 1811-1812 (painted)


Mulready, William RA, born 1786 - died 1863 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Oil on canvas


Height: 35.5 cm estimate, Width: 48.5 cm estimate, Height: 49 cm Frame, Width: 62 cm Frame, :

Object history note

Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

Descriptive line

Oil on canvas entitled 'The Mall, Kensington Gravel Pits' by William Mulready. Great Britain, ca. 1811-1812. Exhibited Royal Academy 1844.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, pp. 197-198
Vikutoria & Arub?to Bijutsukan-z? : eikoku romanshugi kaigaten = The Romantic tradition in British painting, 1800-1950 : masterpieces from the Victoria and Albert Museum / selected by Mark Evans [Japan : Brain Trust], 2002. 185 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 30 cm.


Oil; Canvas



Subjects depicted

Children; Street




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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