N05049 Family Group in a Landscape c.1750
Oil on canvas 720×898 (27 5/8×35 3/8)
Presented by Mrs Helen Alice Wilder to the National Gallery 1939; transferred to the Tate Gallery 1949
PROVENANCE ...; Mrs Anna Dora Denison (née Cumberbatch); her god-daughter and heir Mrs H.A. Wilder of Newton House, Tetbury, Glos., 1939, by whom presented to the National Gallery ‘in accordance with the wishes of the late Mrs E.F. Denison’
The family group, comprising both parents, a boy and three girls, remains unidentified, although the tradition is that the painting descended in Mrs Denison's family.
The style is close to some British provincial painters of this period, although the high colour and strong blue and russet tones of the foliage and distant town prospect are unusual and suggest Continental influence. Comparison with David Morier (c. 1705–70), who worked in England from c. 1743 onwards, is possible but, as all his documented paintings are of military subjects, must remain inconclusive.
Elizabeth Einberg and Judy Egerton, The Age of Hogarth: British Painters Born 1675-1709, Tate Gallery Collections, II, London 1988