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Oil painting - A Cottage Exterior: A Seated Labourer Filling His Pipe
  • A Cottage Exterior: A Seated Labourer Filling His Pipe
    Bigg, William Redmore RA, born 1755 - died 1828
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A Cottage Exterior: A Seated Labourer Filling His Pipe

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1793 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bigg, William Redmore RA, born 1755 - died 1828 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on canvas

  • Museum number:

    198-1885

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This painting is the pair of An Old Woman Preparing Tea which is also in the V&A (Museum no.199-1885). Both paintings were shown at the Royal Academy, London, in 1794, with the titles The Husbandman's Enjoyment and Poor Old Woman's Comfort, respectively.

The artist, William Redmore Bigg (1755-1828), painted portaits of the gentry. He also painted ‘genre’ scenes such as these, featuring sentimental images of rustic life and especially cottage interiors and exteriors peopled by a virtuous and hard-working peasantry. The public could enjoy such images for their tasteful, if idealised, representation of tranquillity and contentment.

Physical description

Oil painting

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1793 (painted)

Artist/maker

Bigg, William Redmore RA, born 1755 - died 1828 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on canvas

Marks and inscriptions

'W R Bigg 1793'
Signed and dated by the artist

Dimensions

Height: 25.5 in estimate, Width: 21.25 in estimate

Object history note

Probably exhibited at the Royal Academy, 1794 [25] as `The husbandman's enjoyment.'

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'A Cottage Exterior: a Seated Labourer Filling his Pipe', William Redmore Bigg, 1793

Materials

Oil paint; Canvas

Techniques

Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Pig; Cottage; Dog (animal); Tools, Implements

Categories

Access to Images; Images Online; Paintings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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