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Attrib. James Baker Pyne (1800-1870) - Mid 19th Century Oil, View of Aston Hall

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A charming landscape study of Aston Hall near Birmingham, attributed to the British artist James Baker Pyne. The scene is a typically idyllic one, with distant rolling hills, a grand manor house and figures at work in the foreground. The paintwork is detailed and considered but still maintains a depth and perspective that only comes with a masterful understanding of the medium. Well presented in an ornate gilt frame with swept corners. To the reverse there is a faded canvas stamp and the name 'J.B. Pyne' is inscribed twice. Label with the location fixed to the top stretcher bar. Unsigned. On canvas on stretchers.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration. There is some craquelure to the surface. Inspection under UV light shows some minor areas of restoration, most noticeably to the upper right corner where a small section of the sky has undergone some overpainting. Minor marks and cracking to the frame.


32.5 x 42.8cm (12.8" x 16.9")
Sheet: 22.4 x 32.7cm (8.8" x 12.9")
Framed Size: 33.8 x 43.6cm (13.3" x 17.2")

Artist Biography

Pyne was born in Bristol, England and taught himself to paint. He took part in the sketching activities of the Bristol School in the 1820s, and exhibited for the first time in Bristol in 1824. His style and subject matter, namely the atmospheric depiction of local landscapes and imaginary scenes, were those of Danby and the Bristol School, among whom he was one of the most able oil painters. Examples were Imaginary Scene (1828) and View of the Avon from Durdham Down (1829).
In 1832, after producing some oil paintings of the Bristol Riots, he spent 6 weeks in France with his fellow Bristol School artist Edward Villiers Rippingille. Pyne also seems to have participated from 1832-33 in the revival of the Bristol School's sketching meetings.
Pyne exhibited at the British Institution during 1833–1844 at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol, and at the Royal Academy during 1836–41. He became Vice-President of the Society of British Artists
In 1846 he travelled to Germany, Switzerland and Italy. He often painted in the Lake District. The art dealership Thomas Agnew and Sons commissioned him to paint in the Lake District in 1848, and then in 1851 to make a three year tour of Italy, in which he was accompanied by the Bristol watercolourist William Evans.
Pyne died on 29 July 1870 in London

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Code qc273
Artist Attrib. James Baker Pyne (1800-1870)
Date Mid 19th Century
Dimensions 32.5 x 42.8cm
Medium Oil
Style Realism
Subject Landscape
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