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William Frederick Witherington RA, Landscape with Figures

Landscape with Figures, 1839

William Frederick Witherington RA (1785 - 1865)

RA Collection: Art

Witherington was born in London and entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1805. Except for one year he exhibited annually at the Royal Academy from 1811 until his death. His early works were mostly landscapes but the influence of artists like George Morland (1763–1804) can be seen in the importance he gave to the figurative element in his paintings.

Witherington enjoyed painting English scenery and never travelled abroad. As with many of his works, he does not depict the harsh realities of rural life, but instead records incidents of family life. Like his contemporary, Augustus Wall Callcott, RA, he creates a composition with a lively foreground of figures and animals, combined with a landscape with distant vistas glimpsed through the wood.

Object details

Landscape with Figures
Object type
Oil on canvas

868 mm x 1165 mm x 23 mm

Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
Diploma Work given by William Frederick Witherington RA accepted 1840

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