Attributed to James Ward (British, 1769-1859)
Black-spotted Rabbit in a Landscape
Unsigned, inscribed "James/Ward" on a gummed label on the stretcher.
Oil on canvas, 8 x 10 1/2 in. (20.5 x 27.0 cm), framed.
Condition: Minor retouch, craquelure, surface grime.
Provenance: From the estate of Ruth Troiani, Connecticut. Ruth and her husband Dominick married in New Orleans in 1942. They began collecting antiques shortly thereafter, and started dealing in antiques in the 1960s.
Retouch is old and seems to consisit of darkeining of the shadows under the rabbit and highlighting the foliage in the upper right corner.
Frame dimensions are 13 1/2 x 16 in., with a label from Freeman, London and Swan Lane, Norwich, on the back of the frame. The National Portrait Gallery web site lists this materials supplier, with the following extra information: "For details of this carving and gilding business, see British picture framemakers on the National Portrait Gallery website. In 1808, Freeman advertised all requisites for drawing and painting (Norwich Mercury 23 January 1808, see Fawcett 1974 p.54). The business produced a double-sided trade sheet, as Freeman, Swan Lane, Norwich, about 1840..." (http://www.npg.org.uk/research/programmes/directory-of-suppliers/f.php#FR)
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