A Sussex Landscape by William George Jennings


‘A View at the back of Delves House, Ringmer, Lewes, Sussex’ by William George Jennings.

An early 19th century oil painting on canvas, ‘A View at the back of Delves House, Ringmer, Lewes, Sussex’, by William George Jennings (1763–1854), of a farm cottage in a rolling landscape with sheep in the foreground, and a pond with figures on the bank, and trees under a sunlit sky, framed in a period gilt frame with a beaded edge and darted slip, and bearing an old label to the stretcher. English, circa 1820 or earlier.
Image size: 32.5 x 42 cm (12.75” x 16.5”)

Condition: Overall very good, the painting is in very good condition and has at some point in the last forty–fifty years been cleaned and relined, the frame is in reasonable condition with solid mitres and some losses to the outer edge, the painting appears clean and the colours good. The frame is probably the original.

William George Jennings was, in the words of John Constable, with whom he shared a house, described as ‘Old Jennings’, a gentleman amateur, even though Constable’s confidence was greatly enhanced by Jenning’s patronage. His earlier topographical work reflects the style of Joseph Farringdon and Richard Wilson, however Constable became a great influence on his work during the 1820’s. Jennings exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1797 and 1806, and at the Society of British Artists in 1830.

Height = 42 cm (16.5”)
Width = 52 cm (20.5”)