THE BLACK BULL/VILLAGE INN JULIUS CAESAR IBBETSON
18th century oil on canvas in its original frame with exhibition label verso for J Leger and Sons, Bond Street. Landscape of a Yorkshire village (likely Masham) with people and livestock.
Julius Caesar Ibbetson (1759-1817)
Is an English painter whose unusual Christian names are the result of his Caesarean birth. Ibbetson specialized in fairly small landscapes with figures and animals, of which this is a jewel like example. HIs style of painting was characterized by Sir Ellis Waterhouse as ‘more natural than de Loutherbourg's, and more civilized than Morland's’; Benjamin West called him ‘the Berchem of England’.
He worked mainly in his native Yorkshire, but also at times in London, Scotland, and the Lake District, and in 1787–8 he was draughtsman on a British mission to China, during which he visited Java. He worked in watercolour as well as oil and also made etchings. In 1803 he published a manual on painting. Like his friend Morland, Ibbetson is said to have been given to dissipation, but his work did not obviously suffer because of this in the way that Morland's did.
It has been suggested that this picture shoes the Black Bull in Masham which is the original location of the world-famous Theakstons Brewery.(Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists, Oxford University Press 1817)
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Canvas: 17" x 13" , 43cm x 33cm
Framed: 20.5" x 16.5" , 52cm x 42cm