This painting was probably made by an amateur artist but includes a curious inscription on the reverse which reads: 'Paul Delaroche told me when I showed it to him that the Landscape was by Wateau and The Horse by Gericault. J. D. Francis, [John Deffett Francis, art adviser to Sir John Williams]'. Lois Oliver of the National Gallery commented 'this is probably the work of an amateur artist copying from prints, the rider possibly taken from a caricature. It can only be the subject-matter that suggested the name of Gericault. Certainly the horse and landscape do not resemble works by Gericault or Watteau'. Paul Delaroche (1797–1856) was a successful French academic painter who presumably John Deffett Francis (1815–1901) met early on in his career.
Where to see this painting?
Aberystwyth University Art Collection, School of Art
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