• A Gate on a Country Track  -
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    With collector’s mark lower right: WE

    Black chalk on laid paper watermarked with Britannia and dated 1809

    27.1 by 22.8 cm., 10 1/4 by 9 inches

     

    Provenance:

    William Esdaile (1758-1837)

     

    Frost was an office clerk in Ipswich who spent his leisure time sketching in the local area. His friend the Rev. James Ford recalled: ‘he studied nature with the closest attention’ and ‘the pleasing scenery around the town of Ipswich; its hollow and tortuous lanes with broken sand-banks; its copsegrown dells; above all, the richly-wooded and picturesque acclivities of its winding river, were his perpetual haunts’ (obituary in The Gentleman’s Magazine, July 1821, p. 90). He was an ardent admirer of Gainsborough’s landscape drawings, and a close friend of Constable, and he owned a number of his drawings. Some of his Gainsborough drawings were later acquired by the collector William Esdaile, whose sale of drawings in 1838 included over 200 works by George Frost including, presumably, the present work.

  • Study of a Standing Man -
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    Watercolour on laid paper

    178 x 73 mm., 7 x 2 ¾ in
  • Study of six Horses and a Carriage -
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    Watercolour and pencil

    71 x 151 mm., 2 ¾ x 5 ¾ in.

     

    Provenance:

    David Kibble

  • Study of a Carthorse facing right -
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    Pencil on laid paper

    133 x 169 mm., 5 ¼ x 6 ½ in.

  • Study of a Carthorse facing left -
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    Black chalk and pencil on laid paper, with cut corners

    133 x 180 mm., 5 ¼ x 7 in.

     

    Provenance:

    David Kibble

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