A steep wooded bank, by the Orwell, Suffolk

A steep wooded bank, by the Orwell, Suffolk



George Frost (1754-1821)
A steep wooded bank, by the Orwell, Suffolk

With William Esdaile collector's mark lower left (Lugt. no.2617)
Black chalk and stump with fixative on laid paper
27.2 by 36.3 cm., 10 ¾ by 14 ¼ in.

William Esdaile (1758-1837)

George Frost started working in his father's business as a builder, before obtaining a position as clerk, in the office of the Blue Coach Company, Ipswich, a post he retained until his retirement in 1813. A gifted draughtsman, his first recorded watercolour is dated 1780. Like many of his contemporaries, Frost found inspiration in the landscape around him; his friend the Rev. James Ford described him, sketching the 'the pleasing scenery around the town of Ipswich; its hollow and tortuous lanes with broken sand-banks; its copse-grown dells; above all the richly-wooded and picturesque acclivities of its winding river, were his perpetual haunts'. (J. Hayes,
The Drawings of Thomas Gainsborough, London, vol. the text, 1970, p. 71). Frost also established himself as a drawing master and was certainly teaching by 1797. He especially admired and collected the work of Thomas Gainsborough and befriended John Constable. The two men not only corresponded for a number of years, but Constable records that the two men sketched together on the banks of the River Orwell in 1800.