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John Wootton, 1682–1764

Classical Landscape: Morning

between 1740 and 1745
Oil on canvas
43 x 43 inches (109.2 x 109.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
animals | baby | branches | buildings | children | Classical | clouds | dawn | family | father | figures (illustrations) | landscape | men | morning | mother | path | road | sky | tower (building division) | trees | walking | water | women | woods
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

John Wootton’s classical landscapes drew their inspiration from the work of Claude Lorrain, the seventeenth-century French artist admired as the “father of European landscape painting” and whose idyllic scenes of the Roman countryside were much sought after by aristocratic collectors. Like Claude, Wootton frequently painted pairs of imaginary landscapes depicting morning and evening scenes. This painting and its companion (also in the Paul Mellon Collection) are both in their original frames, designed by the architect William Kent.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Gentle, Rural and Sublime - English Landscape Paintings and Watercolors, 1750-1850 (Denver Art Museum, 1993-12-11 - 1994-02-06) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

John Wootton (1682-1764) (Kenwood House, 1984-07-03 - 1984-09-30) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Advertisement, Apollo, vol. 76, October 1962, p. xli, N1A54 1962 Ads OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Katharine Baetjer, Glorious nature, British landscape painting, 1750-1850 , Zwemmer publisher, London, 1993, p. 31, 89, 90, no.1, ND1354.4 B34 1993 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 260-261, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Arline Meyer, John Wootton, 1682-1764, landscapes and sporting art in early Georgian England , Greater London Council, London, 1984, pp. 17, 66, 67, no. 38, NJ18 W86 M49 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Arline Meyer, The Landscape Paintings of John Wootton (1682-1764), painter of the Augustan age , , 1982, p. 325, fig. 106, NJ18 W86 M492 1982A [ORBIS]

Painting in England 1700-1850 : collection of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Mellon : Exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, , 1,2, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, 1963, p. 39 (v.1), no. 6, ND466 V57 v.1-2 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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