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Oil painting - A Garden scene, in the manner of Watteau
  • A Garden scene, in the manner of Watteau
    Andrews, Henry
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A Garden scene, in the manner of Watteau

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain, Uk (painted)

  • Date:

    1849 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Andrews, Henry (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on canvas

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

An oil painting of men and women in eighteenth century costume in a landscaped park setting.

Place of Origin

Great Britain, Uk (painted)


1849 (painted)


Andrews, Henry (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

Oil on canvas

Marks and inscriptions

'H Andrews [?pxt]/1849'


Height: 61.6 cm estimate, Width: 73.7 cm estimate

Object history note

Purchased, 1886

Descriptive line

Oil Painting, 'A Garden Scene, in the Manner of Watteau', Henry Andrews, 1849

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

Parkinson, R., Victoria and Albert Museum, Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 2
The following is the full text of the entry:

"ANDREWS, Henry (died 1868)
Exhibited eight works at the RA between 1830 and 1838, 17 at the BI 1831-47, and 14 at the SBA 1827-63; subjects were historical, literary and landscape, but he seems to have specialised in imitations of, and variations on, the works of Watteau. The Art Journaldescribed him as 'an artist of considerable talent, and might have acquired a good reputation had he studied quality rather than quantity'. According to Redgrave 'He had talent and might have acquired reputation, but he fell into the hands of unscrupulous dealers ... and his art became degraded. ' He died 30 November 1868.

LIT: Art Journal1869, p29; Redgrave Diet

A Garden Scene, in the Manner of Watteau
354-1886 NegHF134
Canvas, 61.6 x 73.7 cm (24 1/4 X 29 ins)
Signed and dated 'H Andrews [?pxt]/1849' on base of fountain bl
Purchased 1886

This is not certainly identifiable with any of the artist's exhibited works, although he exhibited similar subjects such as 'Garden Scene' (RA 1838) and 'Fête Champètre, Siècle de Louis XIV' (BI 1847). Although the inspiration of Watteau is evident both in the subject and the landscaped park setting, Andrews's figure groups are less lively and more decorous; the work is not a copy after Watteau. A companion painting was recorded in a London private collection in 1910; similar works were sold at Sotheby's Belgravia 20 November 1973 (58), Sotheby's 18 February 1987 (265) and Christie's New York 25 February 1988 (311, 312).

PROV: Edward Harrison of Shortlands (according to printed label on back); his sale, Christie's 8 May 1886 (93, as 'A Fête Champètre'), bought Parsons £17 17s; bought by the museum 1886 £25"

Production Note

Although inspired by Watteau's fêtes galantes, this painting is not a direct copy of any one of his works.


Canvas; Oil paint


Oil painting



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