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Portrait painter, Genre Painter, Landscape painter, b. 1747 - d. 1801

Artist Francis Wheatley (1747-1801) is best known for his paintings that show the bustling crowds of London. Francis Wheatley's earlier paintings of women in bright clothing posed against dark backgrounds were also popular and sold fast. Aside from his paintings, he undertook illustrations for clothing designers, bringing a realistic quality to the materials. Despite his talent, he was deeply in debt, so he escaped to Dublin with the wife of a friend to avoid paying his creditors.

After returning to London, he focused more on conversation pieces and landscapes of popular areas in England. Francis Wheatley prints and paintings primarily belong to the sentimental genre, showing details in expressions and places to convey feeling. You can view other landscape paintings for sale online at Invaluable to find your next great work of art.

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                • ANTIQUE ENGLISH HISTORICAL ENGRAVING BY FRANCIS WHEATLEY
                  Mar. 23, 2024

                  ANTIQUE ENGLISH HISTORICAL ENGRAVING BY FRANCIS WHEATLEY

                  Est: $100 - $150

                  An antique late 18th-century English engraving on paper. The artwork depicts a multi-figure genre scene, a family in prison cell. Titled John Howard, Esq. Visiting and Relieving the Miseries of a Prison in the bottom middle. Painted by Francis Wheatley, 1747 to 1801, a British artist, member of the Royal Academy of Arts. Engraved by James or Jacob Hogg, born 1761, a British printmaker. Published by Thomas Simpson, 1765 to 1801, a British printseller based in London, England. Dated April 9, 1790. Grey mat, golden frame. John Howard, 1726 to 1790, was an English philanthropist and prison reformer. Collectible Graphic Art Prints.

                  Antique Arena Inc
                • FRANCIS WHEATLEY, RA, BRITISH 1747-1801, MORNING COTTAGERS, Oil on panel, 20 3/4 x 17 in. (52.7 x 43.2 cm.), Frame: 31 x 27 1/2 in. (78.7 x 69.9 cm.)
                  Feb. 08, 2024

                  FRANCIS WHEATLEY, RA, BRITISH 1747-1801, MORNING COTTAGERS, Oil on panel, 20 3/4 x 17 in. (52.7 x 43.2 cm.), Frame: 31 x 27 1/2 in. (78.7 x 69.9 cm.)

                  Est: $1,000 - $1,500

                  FRANCIS WHEATLEY, RA BRITISH, 1747-1801 MORNING COTTAGERS Oil on panel Lower right signed: Wheatley

                  Potomack Company
                • ANTIQUE ENGLISH HISTORICAL ENGRAVING BY FRANCIS WHEATLEY
                  Feb. 03, 2024

                  ANTIQUE ENGLISH HISTORICAL ENGRAVING BY FRANCIS WHEATLEY

                  Est: $100 - $150

                  An antique late 18th-century English engraving on paper. The artwork depicts a multi-figure genre scene, a family in prison cell. Titled John Howard, Esq. Visiting and Relieving the Miseries of a Prison in the bottom middle. Painted by Francis Wheatley, 1747 to 1801, a British artist, member of the Royal Academy of Arts. Engraved by James or Jacob Hogg, born 1761, a British printmaker. Published by Thomas Simpson, 1765 to 1801, a British printseller based in London, England. Dated April 9, 1790. Grey mat, golden frame. John Howard, 1726 to 1790, was an English philanthropist and prison reformer. Collectible Graphic Art Prints.

                  Antique Arena Inc
                • Francis Wheatley (British 1747 - 1801) Engraving, "Strawberries Scarlet Strawberries", Engraved by Giovanni Vendramini, 21 x 16
                  Jan. 29, 2024

                  Francis Wheatley (British 1747 - 1801) Engraving, "Strawberries Scarlet Strawberries", Engraved by Giovanni Vendramini, 21 x 16

                  Est: R200 - R300

                  Francis Wheatley (British 1747 - 1801) Engraving, "Strawberries Scarlet Strawberries", Engraved by Giovanni Vendramini, 21 x 16

                  5th Avenue Auctioneers
                • After Francis Wheatley (1747-1801): Cries of London
                  Jan. 25, 2024

                  After Francis Wheatley (1747-1801): Cries of London

                  Est: $300 - $500

                  After Francis Wheatley (1747-1801): Cries of London comprising 12 engravings, printed by various printers: "Do You Want Any Matches", "Strawberry Scarlet Strawberry", "Milk Below Maids", "New Mackerel, New Mackerel", "Knives, Scissors and Razors to Grind", "Old Chairs to Mend", "Sweet China Oranges, Sweet Oranges", "Turnips & Carrots Ho", "A New Love Song", " Two Bunches a Penny. Primrose, Two Bunches a Penny", "Hot Spice Gingerbread Smoking Hot!", and "Fresh Gathered Peas Young Hastings"

                  Abell Auction
                • FRANCIS WHEATLEY, RA, BRITISH 1747-1801, MORNING COTTAGERS, Oil on panel, 20 3/4 x 17 in. (52.7 x 43.2 cm.), Frame: 31 x 27 1/2 in. (78.7 x 69.9 cm.)
                  Nov. 30, 2023

                  FRANCIS WHEATLEY, RA, BRITISH 1747-1801, MORNING COTTAGERS, Oil on panel, 20 3/4 x 17 in. (52.7 x 43.2 cm.), Frame: 31 x 27 1/2 in. (78.7 x 69.9 cm.)

                  Est: $2,000 - $3,000

                  FRANCIS WHEATLEY, RA BRITISH, 1747-1801 MORNING COTTAGERS Oil on panel Lower right signed: Wheatley

                  Potomack Company
                • AFTER FRANCIS WHEATLEY RA (1747-1801) Cries of London Ten mezzotints, 40 x 30cm In verre églomisé frames.
                  Nov. 27, 2023

                  AFTER FRANCIS WHEATLEY RA (1747-1801) Cries of London Ten mezzotints, 40 x 30cm In verre églomisé frames.

                  Est: €300 - €500

                  AFTER FRANCIS WHEATLEY RA (1747-1801) Cries of London Ten mezzotints, 40 x 30cm In verre églomisé frames.

                  Adam's
                • Francis Wheatley, RA,  - Apple Gathering;  …
                  Nov. 22, 2023

                  Francis Wheatley, RA,  - Apple Gathering;  …

                  Est: £200 - £250

                  Francis Wheatley, RA,  British 1747-1801-  Apple Gathering;  pencil and brown wash on paper, signed 'F. Wheatly' (lower right), 19.5 x 25.2 cm.  Provenance:  with The Bell Gallery, Belfast.  with The Fine Art Society, London, no.9585.  Private Collection, UK.  Note:  Wheatley was a hugely versatile artist, with an output which ranged from smaller-scale portraits and conversation scenes, often informed by the compositions of Johann Zoffany (1733-1810), to history paintings and landscapes which he moved towards later in his career. Idyllic pastoral scenes often form the subject of his works, with this drawing - a romanticisation of rural life in England or Ireland - a particularly charming example. 

                  Roseberys
                • Attributed to Francis Wheatley (British, 1747-1801)
                  Nov. 16, 2023

                  Attributed to Francis Wheatley (British, 1747-1801)

                  Est: $1,000 - $2,000

                  Attributed to Francis Wheatley (British, 1747-1801) Portrait of a Gentleman, Possibly a Shipowner oil on canvas unsigned 19 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches. Provenance: Spink and Son, Ltd., London, 1965.

                  Hindman
                • Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew, Act II, Scene II
                  Nov. 02, 2023

                  Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew, Act II, Scene II

                  Est: $80 - $120

                  After Francis Wheatley, RA (British, 1747-1801) Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew, Act II, Scene II, Engraving by Jean Pierre Simon (1750-1810) Published by John Boydell, London. Framed dimensions: H: 30 1/2 x W: 35 in. H: 17 1/2 W: 23 1/4 in. With Certificate of Authenticity, Global Fine Art

                  Gray's Auctioneers
                • Francis Wheatley oil
                  Oct. 21, 2023

                  Francis Wheatley oil

                  Est: $200 - $400

                  Attributed to Francis Wheatley (British 1747-1801) Mother and Child on a Road oil on canvas (relined), bears signature, framed.  15 x 20"

                  Rachel Davis Fine Arts
                • Francis Wheatley, R.A. (London 1747-1801) - Wood gatherers and their dog on the road home
                  Oct. 17, 2023

                  Francis Wheatley, R.A. (London 1747-1801) - Wood gatherers and their dog on the road home

                  Est: $6,000 - $8,000

                  Francis Wheatley, R.A. (London 1747-1801) (Attributed) - Wood gatherers and their dog on the road home DESCRIPTION oil on canvas size: 11 1/4 x 14 in. (28.6 x 35.6 cm.) frame: 14 by 17 in. Signed and dated, ÔF. Wheatley 1797' (lower right). PROVENANCE Mrs. Leonard T. Davidson The Speed Art Museum, Kentucky, by bequest from the above, 1970 (as Francis Wheatley) Christie's, New York, February 7, lot 8, with an incorrect reading of the signature (as follower)

                  Hidden Treasures Antiques & Fine Arts
                • AFTER FRANCIS WHEATLEY (BRITISH 1747-1801)
                  Oct. 11, 2023

                  AFTER FRANCIS WHEATLEY (BRITISH 1747-1801)

                  Est: £200 - £300

                  AFTER FRANCIS WHEATLEY (BRITISH 1747-1801) SEE-SAW stipple engraving 18.5 x 18cm/ 7 1/4 x 7in (plate) 24 x 23cm/ 9 x 9 1/2in (framed) Property of a Lady Provenance: Arthur Ackermann & Son Ltd, London *offered for sale without reserve

                  Olympia Auctions
                • Nach Wheatley, Milchfrau / After Wheatley, Milklady
                  Sep. 28, 2023

                  Nach Wheatley, Milchfrau / After Wheatley, Milklady

                  Est: -

                  Wheatley, Francis (1747 London - 1801 ebenda) Nach ''Milk below Maids'' (Cries of London). Stahlstich (?) von unbekannt nach Wheatley, Mitte 19. Jh. Unsigniert. Im Passepartout hinter Glas gerahmt. 42 x 32 cm (Pl), 54 x 43 cm (Ra). Etwas angegilbt, leicht stockfleckig. Seitenverkehrte Wiederholung des Milchmädchen-Blattes aus Wheatley's ''Schreie aus London'' Folge von 1795. Bekannt ist vorallem die Radierung von Luigi Schiavonetti, hier liegt aber eine weitere Reprise vor. ''Milk below Maids'' (Cries of London). Steel engraving (?) by unknwon after Wheatley, mid 19th century. Unsigned. Framed behind glass. A bit tanned yellowish, some stains.

                  Kunstauktionshaus Günther
                • F Wheatley attrib (1747-1801) - Children in a garden, oil on board, 35 x 30 cm
                  Sep. 13, 2023

                  F Wheatley attrib (1747-1801) - Children in a garden, oil on board, 35 x 30 cm

                  Est: £300 - £400

                  F Wheatley attrib (1747-1801) - Children in a garden, oil on board, 35 x 30 cm

                  Andrew Smith & Son
                • FRANCIS WHEATLEY - KNIFE GRINDER
                  Sep. 07, 2023

                  FRANCIS WHEATLEY - KNIFE GRINDER

                  Est: $500 - $1,000

                  Lot 225 Francis Wheatley English (1747-1801) Knife Grinder oil on canvas signed lower right 30 1/2 x 25 1/4 inches frame dimensions: 38 1/2 x 33 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches, wood frame Provenance: From a Private Manhattan Estate

                  Capsule Gallery Auction
                • Francis Wheatley(1747-1801), British, Print
                  Aug. 06, 2023

                  Francis Wheatley(1747-1801), British, Print

                  Est: $60 - $120

                  Francis Wheatley(1747-1801), British, Print. Titled "Cries Of London" 1799 A woman holding baskets as a focal point. Two men are located behind the woman on the viewers right and horses are located behind the woman on the viewers left. Framed with some discoloration. Francis Wheatley RA was an English portrait and landscape painter Overall size: 11 3/4 x 8 in. Image size: 6 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.

                  Sarasota Estate Auction
                • FRANCIS WHEATLEY, R.A. (LONDON 1747-1801 MIDDLESEX) Portrait of a gentleman
                  Jul. 07, 2023

                  FRANCIS WHEATLEY, R.A. (LONDON 1747-1801 MIDDLESEX) Portrait of a gentleman

                  Est: £15,000 - £20,000

                  FRANCIS WHEATLEY, R.A. (LONDON 1747-1801 MIDDLESEX) Portrait of a gentleman, full-length, in a crimson coat holding a walking cane... oil on canvas 16 x 21 1/8 in. (40.5 x 53.6 cm.)

                  Christie's
                • Wheatley, Francis (London 1746-1801) , nach
                  Jun. 22, 2023

                  Wheatley, Francis (London 1746-1801) , nach

                  Est: €60 - €72

                  "Cries of London" (19./20. Jh.) Fünf Farbdrucke nach englischen Farbstichen: "Old Chairs to mend" (2x); "Knives, Scissars and Razors to Grind"; "Sweet China Oranges, Sweet China" und "A new Love Song only ha'penny a piece". Platte 3, 6, 10 u. 11. Je ca. 35,5×27,5 cm. R. (58047)

                  Leo Spik
                • Wheatley, Francis
                  Jun. 16, 2023

                  Wheatley, Francis

                  Est: €150 - €250

                  Wheatley, Francis (1747-1801). Die Schäferin (Adelaïde). Punktierkupfer von James Hogg (1770-1835). 31,5:30,8 (45,4:38,6) cm. Bildbeleg zu Kunstleistungen von Wunderkindern: F. Wheatley lieferte die Vorlage zur Schäferin als Neunjähriger, 1756. »Debütierte 1765, 18 Jahre alt, in der Soc. of Artists« (Thieme/B.). – Schwacher Lichtrand.

                  Schneider-Henn
                • FRANCIS WHEATLEY - KNIFE GRINDER
                  Jun. 15, 2023

                  FRANCIS WHEATLEY - KNIFE GRINDER

                  Est: $1,000 - $2,000

                  Lot 40 Francis Wheatley English (1747-1801) Knife Grinder oil on canvas signed lower right 30 1/2 x 25 1/4 inches frame dimensions: 38 1/2 x 33 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches, wood frame Provenance: From a Private Manhattan Estate

                  Capsule Gallery Auction
                • F Wheatley attrib (1747-1801) - Children in a garden, oil on board
                  Jun. 14, 2023

                  F Wheatley attrib (1747-1801) - Children in a garden, oil on board

                  Est: £600 - £800

                  F Wheatley attrib (1747-1801) - Children in a garden, oil on board, 35 x 30 cm

                  Andrew Smith & Son
                • Francis Wheatley (UK, 1747 - 1801)
                  Jun. 04, 2023

                  Francis Wheatley (UK, 1747 - 1801)

                  Est: $500 - $700

                  Francis Wheatley (United Kingdom, England, Ireland, 1747 - 1801) Oil on Canvas. Signed lower left. Seated female farm hand in wheat field. Sight Size: 10.75 x 9.25 in. Overall Framed Size: 18.5 x 17 in.

                  Helmuth Stone
                • King Alfred in the house of the neatherd
                  May. 25, 2023

                  King Alfred in the house of the neatherd

                  Est: $20,000 - $30,000

                  Property from a Private American Collection Francis Wheatley London 1747 - 1801 King Alfred in the house of the neatherd signed and dated lower left: F. Wheatley p.x.t / 1792 inscribed on stool lower left: EN oil on canvas canvas: 77 by 58 ⅞ in.; 195.6 by 149.5 cm. framed: 84 by 66 ¼ in.; 213.4 by 168.3 cm.

                  Sotheby's
                • FRANCIS WHEATLEY (ENGLISH 1747-1801)
                  Mar. 31, 2023

                  FRANCIS WHEATLEY (ENGLISH 1747-1801)

                  Est: £1,000 - £2,000

                  FRANCIS WHEATLEY (ENGLISH 1747-1801) FRANCIS WHEATLEY (ENGLISH 1747-1801) Interior Scene oil on canvas 51 x 61cm

                  Chiswick Auctions
                • A GROUPING OF 7 HAND COLORED ENGRAVINGS, CRIES OF LONDON, AFTER F. WHEATLEY 1793 OR LATER
                  Mar. 25, 2023

                  A GROUPING OF 7 HAND COLORED ENGRAVINGS, CRIES OF LONDON, AFTER F. WHEATLEY 1793 OR LATER

                  Est: $300 - $500

                  A Grouping Of 7 Hand Colored Engravings, Cries Of London, After F. Wheatley 1793 Or Later. Measures approx. from 19" -22" in length and from 12 3/4" - 15". The entirety of this lot will be shown in the first four images. Please carefully read our terms of sale, shipping information, and request any condition reports or photos prior to placing a bid. Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Because artwork, antiques and collectibles are known to be copied from pre-existing examples, the dating of such objects is often difficult to ascertain and opinions vary from expert to expert. Due to this, RBFineArts CFL Inc strongly suggests all potential bidders or a representative to meticulously inspect any and all items prior to bidding. Any reference to a specific time period and/or culture are only the opinion of RBFineArts CFL Inc and are not a guarantee of authenticity. If the bidder or a representative cannot inspect an item in person prior to the auction, then RBFineArts CFL Inc strongly suggests that you do not place a bid on the lot. RBfinearts CFL INC. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections, or the effects of aging. Please email for a condition report and photos, if desired. Emails should be received at least 48 hours in advance of the date of the auction. Please make sure you have read the Terms and Conditions* before you bid. ALL ITEMS ARE SOLD AS IS! Any registration and/or bid placed by you does guarantee RBfinearts CFL Inc. you have read and will abide by the following Terms and Conditions of the sale. We do expect all bidders and buyers to abide by the contracts they agree to when bidding and finalize ALL sales regardless of any reassessment. SHIPPING POLICY: RBFINEARTS SHIPPING IS OUR DEFAULT PACKING AND SHIPPING PARTNER. All lots will be released to them once payment has been received unless we are notified by email. RBfinearts Shipping 375 E Burleigh Blvd., Tavares, FL 32778 [email protected] or 877-660-3243. Alexandria is the manager of RBfinearts Shipping Inc., and you may contact her with any quotes or questions. IF YOU PREFER TO USE AN ALTERNATIVE SHIPPER YOU MUST EMAIL [email protected] TO ADVISE OUR OFFICES OF THE ALTERNATIVE COMPANY YOU WOULD PREFER TO PACK AND SHIP YOUR ITEM/S. No property will be released for shipping or pick-up until payment is made in full. Please note that a shipping charge is not included in the sale price. Any costs associated with the shipping, packing, and transport of an item are the responsibility of the buyer. RBfinearts CFL Inc. is not responsible for packing, shipping, or transport of any items from buyer’s invoice. Local Pick-up: Items for pick-up must be collected within fourteen (14) days of payment. Items remaining at RBfinearts CFL Inc offices at the expiration of fourteen (14) days past payment will be subject to storage fees of $10 per day per item. All storage fees must be paid before item/s will be released to the buyer or a representative. Any items remaining forty-five (45) calendar days following the date when the buyer completed payment on an invoice will be considered Abandoned Property of items on that invoice and will be subject to resale or disposal with no refund. Transportation for shipping of buyer's items: As a default upon payment, RBfinearts Shipping Inc. will pick up and transport your items from the offices of RBfinearts CFL Inc. ALL OTHER transport to any other third-party shipper there will be a 25.00 transport fee, there will be no exceptions for this condition. Your item/s will be transported one time per week only. Any issues with shipping or insurance are between the shipping company and the buyer. If you are not satisfied with our shipping options, please make other arrangements to ship your item and contact us about those shipping details. RBfinearts CFL Inc. is not responsible for any denied claims or damages from the shipping offices the buyer chooses. RBfinearts CFL Inc. does not make any warranty, guarantee, or promise as to the performance of any shipper. RBfinearts CFL Inc. (online auction) and RBfinearts Shipping Inc. (packing and shipping) are two separate companies and should not be assumed to be the same business. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] or 352-508-5738. ***We at RBfinearts can only attribute this work based upon the quality and the presence of a signature, we are not an authentication service. We can only declare the work as attributed to based upon the factors mentioned. ***

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                • Francis Wheatley, R.A. (London 1747-1801) - Wood gatherers and their dog on the road home
                  Mar. 07, 2023

                  Francis Wheatley, R.A. (London 1747-1801) - Wood gatherers and their dog on the road home

                  Est: $6,000 - $8,000

                  Francis Wheatley, R.A. (London 1747-1801) (Attributed) - Wood gatherers and their dog on the road home DESCRIPTION oil on canvas size: 11 1/4 x 14 in. (28.6 x 35.6 cm.) frame: 14 by 17 in. Signed and dated, ÔF. Wheatley 1797' (lower right). PROVENANCE Mrs. Leonard T. Davidson The Speed Art Museum, Kentucky, by bequest from the above, 1970 (as Francis Wheatley) Christie's, New York, February 7, lot 8, with an incorrect reading of the signature (as follower)

                  Hidden Treasures Antiques & Fine Arts
                • 18th Century Etching Entitled "Peg-Top"
                  Feb. 15, 2023

                  18th Century Etching Entitled "Peg-Top"

                  Est: $75 - $150

                  18th Century Etching by Francis Wheatley (1747-1801). Entitled "Peg-Top". Depicting three children playing with a top. Minor staining and tears to white borders. Measures 19" tall x 18" wide. All invoices must be paid within 24 hours of the sale. This auction is Local Pick Up or Shipping with the Local UPS Store in Monmouth Junction, NJ. Local pickups are at our Monmouth Junction location on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday ONLY! All pickups are by appointment only. Any condition issues will be listed in the description. Please read the terms for full information.

                  Bodnar's Auction Sales
                • FRANCIS WHEATLEY RA (1747-1801) The Ploughman: ‘And leaves the world to darkness and to me’ Oil on canvas, 154.9 x 215.9 cm Signed ‘F. Wheatley pinxt’ and dated ‘1793’ Provenance: The artist’s sale at his house at 14 Fitzroy Square, London, con
                  Oct. 18, 2022

                  FRANCIS WHEATLEY RA (1747-1801) The Ploughman: ‘And leaves the world to darkness and to me’ Oil on canvas, 154.9 x 215.9 cm Signed ‘F. Wheatley pinxt’ and dated ‘1793’ Provenance: The artist’s sale at his house at 14 Fitzroy Square, London, con

                  Est: €25,000 - €35,000

                  FRANCIS WHEATLEY RA (1747-1801) The Ploughman: ‘And leaves the world to darkness and to me’ Oil on canvas, 154.9 x 215.9 cm Signed ‘F. Wheatley pinxt’ and dated ‘1793’ Provenance: The artist’s sale at his house at 14 Fitzroy Square, London, conducted by Mr James Christie, 13 January 1795 (lot 55, sold for £17 10s. 0d); James Daniell Esquire, his sale. Christie’s, London 25 February 1809, lot 83 as ‘The Plowman (sic), from Gray’s Elegy, landscape in the style of Gainsborough’ Christie’s 13 May 1960 (lot 39); Montagu Bernard 1969; Private collection, England, until sold Bonham’s London, 10 December 2003 (lot 15) where acquired by the family of the present owner Exhibited: London, Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition, 1793, number 114 where entitled Ploughing Literature: The Diary of Joseph Farington RA (ed. Garlick and Mcintyre, Yale University Press, 1978, volume II, p. 291), under 13 January 1795: ‘Wheatley’s drawings and pictures were sold today. The pictures sold low. A large picture of Plough Horses in a frame which cost 20 Guineas [i.e. £21.00 when exhibited at the Royal Academy] sold for £17.10’; Sale Catalogue: A catalogue of all the Capital Pictures, Valuable Drawings and other curious articles, the property of FRANCIS WHEATLEY, Esq., RA at his house Situate, No. 14, on the West Side of RUSSELL PLACE, FITZROY SQUARE Which will be sold at Auction by MR CHRISTIE, On the premises, On Tuesday, 13 January, 1795, At Twelve o’clock; Mary Webster Francis Wheatley (Paul Mellon Foundation for British Art / Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1970), illustrated page 104; Catalogue of the Oil Paintings, number no. 107, page 150, and also text pages 201 and 206. Famous in an Irish context for the modern ‘history paintings’ including the large work showing the Volunteers at College Green, Francis Wheatley was born in London in 1747, and died in the same city in 1801. He was initially self-taught, but subsequently trained at Shipley’s Academy. He won prizes for drawing at the Society of Artists in 1762-3, and was admitted to the Royal Academy Schools aged 22 in 1769. He worked as an assistant to the Royal Academician John Hamilton Mortimer in painting the Saloon ceiling at Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire, in 1771-1773. From 1778 onwards he exhibited regularly at the annual exhibition of the Royal Academy, being made as associate in 1790 and a full member the following year. Wheatley seems to have been incompetent with money, and was frequently in debt, despite numerous commissions. He moved from London to Dublin to escape his debtors (and with somebody else’s wife). Working here from 1779 to 1783, he painted numerous highly accomplished paintings. As the painter of suave portraits, accomplished landscapes and depictions of Irish rural life, Wheatley has an importance for art in Ireland far greater than the relative brevity of his visit might suggest; he contributed to Thomas Milton’s topographical enterprise, involved himself in the voguish pursuit of antiquarianism and, later, was among the artists involved in James Woodmason’s attempt to encourage Irish history painting. (William Laffan, in Art and Architecture of Ireland, Vol. 2, 503) His masterpiece of these years is the remarkable The Irish House of Commons, 1780, now in the City Art Gallery, Leeds, which depicts a vast series of faithful portraits of all the members of Grattan’s Parliament in the chamber of the Irish House of Commons. Wheatley was a versatile painter, executing straightforward portraits, conversation pieces, genre paintings and theatrical illustrations. He seems to have taken a particular interest in the depiction of rural life particularly from the 1780s onwards, and executed such pictures as ‘The Industrious Cottager’, ‘The Return from Market’ and ‘Evening, a Farmyard’. The present painting is the culmination of this series and was painted in 1793. About this date the artist began to suffer from a debilitating attack of gout, which ultimately left him virtually unable to hold a paint brush. The last few years of his life saw a distressing descent into poverty, though he was frequently helped by his fellow Royal Academicians. Wheatley at his best shows a remarkably fluidity and freedom of expression in his oil paintings, though his drawings are much more tightly controlled. Along with George Morland, he is the most accomplished English painter of the ‘rural scene’. His range, though, is much wider than that of Morland, and some of his conversation pieces rank with those of his friend and fellow-academician Johann Zoffany. As Christie's catalogue of the collection of James Daniell in 1809 points out, the present painting has profound literary overtones. It is described there as ‘from Gray’s Elegy’ with the ‘landscape in the style of Gainsborough’. The opening lines of Thomas Gray’s (1716-1771) masterpiece, An Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard set the tone for the picture: The Curfew tolls the knell of parting day, The lowing herd winds slowly o’er the lea, The ploughman homeward plods his weary way, And leaves the world to darkness and to me. The poem is the literary precursor of, and counterpoint to, the English artistic movement at the end of the eighteenth century which moved away from the ‘grand manner’ of Reynolds and his followers to depict the attractions of rural life and domestic genre in a sympathetic manner. Picking up on a tradition pioneered by George Stubbs, the paintings of Morland, Wheatley and James Ward are, in their gentle way, revolutionary. They rely on acute observation of, and empathy with, the ‘virtuous poor’ and evoke the simplicity and stoicism of their way of life which was unimaginable in British painting of a generation earlier. While many of the images of these paintings are obviously ‘moral’ in their intent, they are not hectoring or cloying as so much Victorian ‘sentimental’ painting would become. Instead, works such as this prefigure the quiet depiction of rural labour of later French artists such as Jean-François Millet and Jules Breton. The subject matter is treated as ‘picturesque’, in the sense that it is worthy of being rendered in oil on canvas, but it is not mawkish or theatrical. Here, for almost the first time in British art, we have a dispassionate depiction of the activities of the rural agricultural workers, as Gray put it in his poem ‘the short and simple annals of the poor’. Wheatley’s treatment of the plough-team is entirely sympathetic and the grandeur of the conception and the very large size of the canvas contrasts with the modesty of the subject matter to query assumption of hierarchy and privilege.

                  Adam's
                • FRANCIS WHEATLEY, R.A. (LONDON 1747-1801) Milk Below Maids, from the Cries
                  Oct. 07, 2022

                  FRANCIS WHEATLEY, R.A. (LONDON 1747-1801) Milk Below Maids, from the Cries

                  Est: $8,000 - $12,000

                  FRANCIS WHEATLEY, R.A. (LONDON 1747-1801) Milk Below Maids, from the Cries of London Series oil on canvas 14 1/4 x 11 in. (36.3 x 28 cm.)

                  Christie's
                • Wheatley, Francis (London 1746-1801) , nach
                  Oct. 06, 2022

                  Wheatley, Francis (London 1746-1801) , nach

                  Est: €120 - €144

                  "Cries of London" 19./20. Jh. Fünf Farbdrucke nach englischen Farbstichen: "Old Chairs to mend" (2x); "Knives, Scissars and Razors to Grind"; "Sweet China Oranges, Sweet China" und "A new Love Song only ha'penny a piece". Platte 3, 6, 10 u. 11. Je ca. 35,5×27,5 cm. R. (58047)

                  Leo Spik
                • Manner of Francis Wheatley (British, 1747-1801) Children with a pet squirrel; Fa
                  Sep. 08, 2022

                  Manner of Francis Wheatley (British, 1747-1801) Children with a pet squirrel; Fa

                  Est: $1,000 - $1,500

                  Manner of Francis Wheatley (British, 1747-1801) Children with a pet squirrel; Family outing in the garden (a pair) Oil on canvas 17-1/4 x 21-1/4 inches (43.8 x 54.0 cm); each Property from the Estate of Mr. and Mrs. O.D. Harrison, Shreveport, Louisiana PROVENANCE: John Levy Galleries, New York; Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1952. HID01801242017

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                • Francis Wheatley (1747-1801) Watercolor
                  Aug. 17, 2022

                  Francis Wheatley (1747-1801) Watercolor

                  Est: $200 - $400

                  Francis Wheatley (1747-1801) signed original watercolor. Measures 6.875-in. x 9.5-in. image size. Signed lower right. Unframed and mounted. If lot is absent of a condition report one may be requested via email. Condition report is provided as an opinion only and is no guarantee as condition can be subjective. Buyer must view photographs or scans to assist in determining condition and ask further questions if so desired. Our in-house shipping department will gladly pack and ship any item that fits into a 14x14x14 inch or 30x5x24 inch or equivalent or smaller box/folio if it is not fragile or over 25lbs. We will charge for labor to pack and process based on actual time it takes, actual cost of materials used to pack and actual shipper charges that will include insurance and signature required. We generally use USPS and Fed Ex and compare the pricing between the two. Books maximum box size will be 14x14x14 inch or equivalent and will be shipped USPS Media Mail unless otherwise requested. We gladly will give shipping estimates prior to auction. Please make this request at least 24 hours prior to auction for our shipping department to respond. If your invoice is for multiple items, we will use our discretion on requiring the use of an outside shipper. We reserve the right to require an outside shipper on any item(s) in the auction even if not stated.

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                • ANTIQUE COLORED ENGRAVING AFTER FRANCIS WHEATLEY
                  Aug. 13, 2022

                  ANTIQUE COLORED ENGRAVING AFTER FRANCIS WHEATLEY

                  Est: $100 - $150

                  An antique colored engraving on paper, Setting Out to the Fair, after the original oil painting on canvas by Francis Wheatley, English, 1747 to 1801. Engraved by J. Eginton. Titled and inscribed in the plate lower to the center. Framed. Francis Wheatley was an English portrait and landscape painter, known for Portrait, sentimental genre and conversation piece painting. Graphic Art Prints and Collectibles.

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                • ANTIQUE COLORED ENGRAVING AFTER FRANCIS WHEATLEY
                  Aug. 13, 2022

                  ANTIQUE COLORED ENGRAVING AFTER FRANCIS WHEATLEY

                  Est: $100 - $150

                  An antique colored engraving on paper, The Fairings, after the original oil painting on canvas by Francis Wheatley, English, 1747 to 1801. Engraved by J. Eginton. Titled and inscribed in the plate lower to the center. Inscribed in the plate lower right and left. Framed. Francis Wheatley was an English portrait and landscape painter, known for Portrait, sentimental genre and conversation piece painting. Graphic Art Prints and Collectibles.

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                • Francis Wheatley, R.A. (London 1747-1801) - Wood gatherers and their dog on the road home
                  Jul. 12, 2022

                  Francis Wheatley, R.A. (London 1747-1801) - Wood gatherers and their dog on the road home

                  Est: $6,000 - $8,000

                  Francis Wheatley, R.A. (London 1747-1801) (Attributed) - Wood gatherers and their dog on the road home DESCRIPTION oil on canvas size: 11 1/4 x 14 in. (28.6 x 35.6 cm.) frame: 14 by 17 in. Signed and dated, ‘F. Wheatley 1797' (lower right). PROVENANCE Mrs. Leonard T. Davidson The Speed Art Museum, Kentucky, by bequest from the above, 1970 (as Francis Wheatley) Christie's, New York, February 7, lot 8, with an incorrect reading of the signature (as follower)

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                • FRANCIS WHEATLEY (United Kingdom/England/Ireland, 1747-1801), “Jeune Fille Arrive”., Pencil and India ink with tinted watercolor on cream (wove?) paper (8” x 6.5” visible image). Framed 12.75” x 11.25”.
                  Jun. 17, 2022

                  FRANCIS WHEATLEY (United Kingdom/England/Ireland, 1747-1801), “Jeune Fille Arrive”., Pencil and India ink with tinted watercolor on cream (wove?) paper (8” x 6.5” visible image). Framed 12.75” x 11.25”.

                  Est: $150 - $250

                  FRANCIS WHEATLEY United Kingdom/England/Ireland, 1747-1801 "Jeune Fille Arrive". Unsigned.

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                • Francis Wheatley, R. A. (1747-1801), Tears for Romeo & Juliet
                  Jun. 11, 2022

                  Francis Wheatley, R. A. (1747-1801), Tears for Romeo & Juliet

                  Est: $4,000 - $6,000

                  Francis Wheatley, R. A. (1747-1801), Tears for Romeo & Juliet oil on canvas (lined), unsigned, painted in a feigned oval, presented in a gilt frame with gallery plaque. Stretcher size 28 x 23 in.; Frame dimensions 34 1/4 x 29 1/4 in. Christie's, London, British Pictures 1500 -1850, June 11, 1999, Lot 49 Private Collection, Greensboro, North Carolina Additional high-resolution photos are available at www.lelandlittle.com

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                • Francis Wheatley.  An Irish Country Fair.
                  Apr. 23, 2022

                  Francis Wheatley.  An Irish Country Fair.

                  Est: $75 - $150

                  Etching, 8 3/16 x 9 ½ inches, signed F. Wheatley / 1786 in the plate.  Published London, April 18, 1801 by John P. Thompson.  An interesting genre scene of a country fair in Ireland, with country folk standing before booths erected of canvas and saplings, most of the men wearing greatcoats or surtout and round hats. Sold with a complete set of The Cries of London by Paul Sandby (12), reprinted from the originals by Colonial Williamsburg, nd.

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                • FRANCIS WHEATLEY, R.A. (LONDON 1747-1801) Labourers at rest in an extensiv
                  Mar. 24, 2022

                  FRANCIS WHEATLEY, R.A. (LONDON 1747-1801) Labourers at rest in an extensiv

                  Est: £5,000 - £8,000

                  FRANCIS WHEATLEY, R.A. (LONDON 1747-1801) Labourers at rest in an extensive wooded landscape pencil, pen and grey ink and watercolour on paper 12 3/4 x 18 7/8 in. (32.4 x 48 cm.), oval

                  Christie's
                • * Francis Wheatley, RA (British, 1747-1801)
                  Mar. 23, 2022

                  * Francis Wheatley, RA (British, 1747-1801)

                  Est: £2,000 - £3,000

                  * Francis Wheatley, RA (British, 1747-1801) Adelaide and Fonrose oil on canvas, oval 86 x 67.5cm Provenance: P & D Colnaghi & Co Ltd; D C Paterson Esq. by 1970; Alexander Hume Esq., His Sale, Sotheby's, London, 21st November 1979, lot 52, The Asbjorn Lunde Foundation, Inc. Exhibited: Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts, and Leeds, City Art Gallery, Francis Wheatley RA, 1747-1801: Paintings, drawings and engravings, 15th-25th June, and 8th July-8th August 1965, no. 10 Literature: Mary Webster, Francis Wheatley, 1970, p. 133, no. 48 Footnote: This painting most likely illustrates a scene from Jean-François Marmontel's romantic play The Shepherdess of the Alps. The play, first published in 1766 as part of Marmontel's Moral Tales, became the rage in both England and France and inspired many paintings and prints. The story is the tragic tale of Adelaide and her lover, the Count D'Orestan, two young French aristocrats, who, despite their families' objections, run away together. Their happiness is short-lived as the Count dies suddenly. A grief-stricken Adelaide digs her lover's grave with her bare hands, renounces the world and her family, and becomes a shepherdess. She at last finds happiness after she reveals her true identity to a French nobleman, Fonrose. A watercolour of the present composition with slight differences, signed and dated 1786 by Wheatley, is in the British Museum (inv. no. 1866,1013.545) (see Webster, p.62, fig.72). All proceeds from the sale of this and another eleven paintings (lots 57-68) will benefit the activities of the Asbjorn Lunde Foundation, Inc., which continues its founder’s support of research, publishing, presentation, and practice in museums and music. Throughout his long life, Mr. Lunde supported more than forty museums in his native New York, across the United States and in Europe with loans, gifts, and funding. Mr. Lunde was a proud New Yorker with roots in Norway. He was keenly interested in nineteenth-century Scandinavian and Swiss landscape painting, Old master painting and Asian decorative arts.

                  Cheffins
                • Francis Wheatley, RA (British, 1747-1801)
                  Mar. 23, 2022

                  Francis Wheatley, RA (British, 1747-1801)

                  Est: £400 - £600

                  Francis Wheatley, RA (British, 1747-1801) The Broken Pitcher later inscribed 'F Wheatley' (centre right) watercolour on paper 36 x 26.5cm Provenance: S A Cave; With the Fine Art Society, London by 1962; Walter Brandt (1902-1978) and by descent; Private collection

                  Cheffins
                • Manner of Francis Wheatley (British, 1747-1801) Children with a pet squirrel; Fa
                  Feb. 10, 2022

                  Manner of Francis Wheatley (British, 1747-1801) Children with a pet squirrel; Fa

                  Est: $1,000 - $1,500

                  Manner of Francis Wheatley (British, 1747-1801) Children with a pet squirrel; Family outing in the garden (a pair) Oil on canvas 17-1/4 x 21-1/4 inches (43.8 x 54.0 cm); each Property from the Estate of Mr. and Mrs. O.D. Harrison, Shreveport, Louisiana PROVENANCE: John Levy Galleries, New York; Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1952. HID01801242017

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                • FOUR HANDCOLORED ENGRAVINGS BY FRANCIS WHEATLEY
                  Dec. 11, 2021

                  FOUR HANDCOLORED ENGRAVINGS BY FRANCIS WHEATLEY

                  Est: $100 - $150

                  After Francis Wheatley (English, 1747-1801) four hand-colored engravings, The Fair, The Peep-Show, The Turkey Cock, the Wheelbarrow. Signed in plate, lower left. Titled in plate, lower to the center. Framed. Provenance: The Doyle New York: After Francis Wheatley, Doyle at Home Annual End of Summer Sale, August 6, 2014, lot # 83. Please refer to the original paper labels on the front and back.

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                • Manner of Francis Wheatley (British, 1747-1801) Children with a pet squirrel; Fa
                  Dec. 03, 2021

                  Manner of Francis Wheatley (British, 1747-1801) Children with a pet squirrel; Fa

                  Est: $6,000 - $8,000

                  Manner of Francis Wheatley (British, 1747-1801) Children with a pet squirrel; Family outing in the garden (a pair) Oil on canvas 17-1/4 x 21-1/4 inches (43.8 x 54.0 cm); each Property from the Estate of Mr. and Mrs. O.D. Harrison, Shreveport, Louisiana PROVENANCE: John Levy Galleries, New York; Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1952. HID01801242017

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                • Francis Wheatley, R.A. (London 1747-1801) - Wood gatherers and their dog on the road home
                  Nov. 23, 2021

                  Francis Wheatley, R.A. (London 1747-1801) - Wood gatherers and their dog on the road home

                  Est: $6,000 - $8,000

                  Francis Wheatley, R.A. (London 1747-1801) (Attributed) - Wood gatherers and their dog on the road home DESCRIPTION oil on canvas size: 11 1/4 x 14 in. (28.6 x 35.6 cm.) frame: 14 by 17 in. Signed and dated, ‘F. Wheatley 1797' (lower right). PROVENANCE Mrs. Leonard T. Davidson The Speed Art Museum, Kentucky, by bequest from the above, 1970 (as Francis Wheatley) Christie's, New York, February 7, lot 8, with an incorrect reading of the signature (as follower)

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                • FRANCIS WHEATLEY (1747 / 1801) "Cries of London"
                  Nov. 03, 2021

                  FRANCIS WHEATLEY (1747 / 1801) "Cries of London"

                  Est: €300 - €400

                  Lot of ten coloured dotted engravings depicting the cries and chants of pedlars advertising their wares in the City of London. Wheathey's compositions were exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1792-1795 to great acclaim, and were quickly transferred to printmaking by such artists as the brothers Luigi and Niccolo Schiavonetti, Giovanni Vendramini and Thomas Gaugain. They are presented framed with passe-partout.. Dotted color engraving.. 42,2 x 32,5 cm.

                  Ansorena
                • Attributed to Francis Wheatley (British, 1747-1801) Shepherdess Oil on panel 6-1
                  Oct. 07, 2021

                  Attributed to Francis Wheatley (British, 1747-1801) Shepherdess Oil on panel 6-1

                  Est: $400 - $600

                  Attributed to Francis Wheatley (British, 1747-1801) Shepherdess Oil on panel 6-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches (16.5 x 14.0 cm) The Estate of Mr. and Mrs. O.D. Harrison, Shreveport, Louisiana PROVENANCE: Edwin Hulme, Manchester, England, 1843 (sticker verso, "Edwin Hulme / Bought 1843"); Present owner. HID01801242017

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