THOMAS BAKER OF LEAMINGTON
The Ancient Oak in Stoneleigh Park
Signed & dated 1851
Frame size: 39¾ x 34 inches / 101 x 86.5 cm
Stock Number: PB0039/814/os
Thomas Baker of Leamington was a landscape artist of considerable ability, he was a student under Vincent Barber at his academy in Birmingham. He exhibited from 1827 onwards at the Birmingham Society of artists, his subjects mostly within the boundaries of the Midlands, Warwickshire and the Welsh borders, although he depicted a few scenes of the Lake District, Scotland and Ireland. Most of his paintings contain cattle. Comprehensive records of his work were kept by Baker, and Birmingham City Art Gallery have a list of around 800 paintings. In London he exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1831 and 1858, and at the British Institue. He is represented at numerous public Galleries/ Museums including V&A, Birmingham, Glasgow, Sheffield, Nottingham, Oxford, Leicester, Warwick, Leamington Spa, Coventry, Cheltenham, Watford and Wolverhampton.
In the late 19th century his paintings fetched outrageously expensive prices, and collectors are as keen to acquire his work today.
This example is in perfect condition (although re-lined). One of his larger works.