Now representing: Compton Verney

Includes the UK’s largest collection of British Folk Art, portraits of Tudor Royals and Northern European art.

A Farmer and His Prize Heifer, c.1844 (oil on canvas), British School, (19th century) / Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK
A Farmer and His Prize Heifer, c.1844 (oil on canvas), British School, (19th century) / Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK

 

The Collection includes:
 
Paintings and objects from Naples during the ‘Golden Age’ of Baroque Art (1600-1800).
 
Northern European art from 1450-1650 - Tilman Riemenschneider, Lucas Cranach and Schongauer. 
 
British Portraits - well-known Tudor Royals and important figures from the Georgian period. 
 
The UK’s largest collection of British Folk Art objects and paintings.
 

 

In the Lion's Den, c.1870 (oil on canvas) by W. H. Rogers (fl.1870)
In the Lion's Den, c.1870 (oil on canvas) by W. H. Rogers (fl.1870)

 

 

Schooner Approaching Harbour, c.1930 (oil on metal) by Alfred Wallis (1855-1942)
Schooner Approaching Harbour, c.1930 (oil on metal) by Alfred Wallis (1855-1942)

 

 

British Folk Art
 
Folk art is a term often used to describe works by untrained artists, or sign-painters who broadened their painting skills to make creative artwork. The wonderful and diverse collection includes paintings of prize animals, nineteeth-century street scenes, a Champion Ratcatcher, c.1840 and a work by highly regarded Cornish folk artist Alfred Wallis.

 

 

King Edward VI, c.1550 (oil on panel), Guillaume Scrots (fl.1537-53) (attr. to)
King Edward VI, c.1550 (oil on panel), Guillaume Scrots (fl.1537-53) (attr. to)

 

 
 
 
Featuring portraits of royal and noble sitters from the first great era of British painting: the Tudor period (1485-1603) including Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Edward VI.
 
The collection also includes portraits by Sir Joshua Reynolds and Sir William Beechey, plus two celebrated views of London by Venetian artist Canaletto, who arrived in Britain in the mid-1740s.
 
 
Northern European artists developed a style distinct from their southern European counterparts, typified by representation of minute detail and the use of much gilding and polychromy.
 
Exquisitely carved sculptures by artists such as Tilman Riemenschneider can be seen alongside panel paintings by Cranach and Schongauer in the collection of Northern European art from 1450-1650.

 

Venus and Cupid, c.1525 (oil on beechwood panel), Lucas, the Elder Cranach  (1472-1553)
Venus and Cupid, c.1525 (oil on beechwood panel), Lucas, the Elder Cranach (1472-1553)

 

 

Detail of Naples from the West, with Peasants Gaming, c.1760 (oil on canvas)Pietro Fabris (fl.1768-78)
Detail of Naples from the West, with Peasants Gaming, c.1760 (oil on canvas)Pietro Fabris (fl.1768-78)

 


Naples 

Compton Verney's collection of paintings from Naples represent a cross-section of masterpieces from the 'Golden Age' of Neapolitan art from 1600 to 1800.  The tradition of the Grand Tour rapidly established Naples on the itinerary of foreign visitors.
 
The collection includes religious and mythological scenes by Luca Giordano and Francesco Solimena, regarded as the most important Neapolitan artists of their generation, and paintings by artists such as Pietro Fabris, commissioned by the famous British envoy Sir William Hamilton.
 
They are seen alongside works by artists who were drawn to Naples by its thriving artistic community and worked there for many years, including Pierre-Jacques Volaire. Also on display are decorative pieces in Trapani coral.

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Compton Verney, Lydon, Alexander Francis (1836-1917) / Private Collection / © Look and Learn
Compton Verney, Lydon, Alexander Francis (1836-1917) / Private Collection / © Look and Learn

 

This award-winning art gallery is located in a Grade 1 listed Robert Adam mansion set in 120 acres landscaped by Capability Brown in Warwickshire, England. 

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