‘On the River Dee, near Chester’ by John Rathbone (1750-1807).


A fine early 19th century oil on canvas depicting an angler and other figures on the banks of the River Dee. The painting hangs in a superb quality, newly commissioned, bespoke gold metal leaf frame.


As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in excellent condition, having just been professionally cleaned, restored and re-varnished. Clients should also note that tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary.


John Rathbone was a leading landscape painter of the generation that followed the progenitors of the genre in Britain; Richard Wilson (long considered to have been the painter of this particular work), George Morland, Thomas Gainsborough and Joseph Wright.  A native of Cheshire, Rathbone moved to live and work in London where he collaborated with Morland and Julius Caesar Ibbetson who painted the figures in several of his landscapes.


Between 1785 and 1806 Rathbone exhibited forty-eight landscapes at the Royal Academy and many others with the Society of British Artists, and the Society of Artists in Liverpool.


Dimensions: (framed) 62cm x 78cm (24½” x 30¾”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 46cm x 61cm (18” x 24”)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Provenance: For many years considered to be a work by the eminent early English landscape painter Richard Wilson. Private UK collection.

Presentation: Newly commissioned bespoke gold metal leaf frame. All of the new frames we commission are especially made for us to order by one of the UK’s top period frame makers.

Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned, restored, and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

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