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Attrib. George Burrell Willcock RA (1811-1852) - Oil, Haywain Crossing a River

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A very fine early 19th century oil by the British artist George Burrell Willcock (1811-1852). This large and impressive work is typical of Willcock's style and subject matter, which was greatly influenced by his mentor John Constable. This idyllic rural setting was depicted by many 19th century artists, who looked for a romanticised view of the English countryside. In this particular composition two young boys play at the water's edge, while a young female figure crosses a small bridge ahead of a the hay cart.

The look and feel of the painting is one of confidence and suggests that the artist was extreamly proficiant and highly qualified. Each aspect of the landscape works in harmony with the overall composition to produce a delicate and highly engaging work of 19th century art.

Handsomley presented in an ornate gilt frame with scrolling acanthus leaf leaf and swept corners. Also with a copy of papers from Frost & Reed Ltd giving a valuation of the painting in 1973.

Unsigned. On canvas on stretchers.


Overall this painting is in excellent condition. The colours are still fresh and vibrant and there is no visible craqueleure. The canvas has been relined and inspection under UV light shows a tear to the canvas at the upper left corner. The tear measures 13cm top to bottom. This area has been restored to an extremely high standard and is only visible under UV light. There are other small touches of overpainting to minor areas of the canvas, which are visible under UV light. Small marks and cracks to the frame.


69 x 89cm (27.2" x 35")
Framed Size: 89 x 110cm (35" x 43.3")

Artist Biography

George Burrell Willcock was born in Exeter in 1811. Willcock first began to be interested in landscape painting in 1842, after a friend suggested he turn his hand to the subject matter. Willcock studied constantly from nature, generally completing his work on the spot. His scrupulous observance of this practice caused him to become very ill early on in his life. It is said that whilst painting near Frome he contracted a severe cold, from which he never recovered. Between the years 1842 and 1851 Willcock was a constant exhibitor at the Royal Academy. He died in the spring of 1852.

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Code kp957
Artist Attrib. George Burrell Willcock (1811-1852)
Date Early 19th Century
Dimensions 69 x 89cm
Framed Yes
Medium Oil
Style Realism
Subject Landscape
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