A Scene at Wiseton by Richard Ansdell


A Scene at Wiseton


Richard Ansdell

Ref GM517
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 63 x 50 cm (25" x 20")
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This scene is clearly taken from life, and depicts four men, a bull and two dogs with a beautiful scenery of Wiseton in Nottinghamshire, England. The man on the furthest left is John Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl Spencer (1782 - 1845) who was a leading Reform politician. Chancellor of the Exchequer between 1830 and 1834, Spencer was involved in the passing of the Great Reform Bill (1832) and the Factory Act (1833). Spencer was a notable cattle-breeder and the first president of the Royal Agricultural Society. He lived at Wiseton Hall, Nottinghamshire. Richard Ansdell painted this in collaboration with another artist; William Powell Frith RA, this was fairly common as the two men were great friends. Ansdell would have painted the bull and figures, and Firth the landscape. Ansdell has juxtaposed the figures against the trees and skyline - a favourite technique that lends drama to the composition with the misty mountains threatening rain beyond. The urban viewer is reminded of the intensity with which one engages with the elements, and how sensations are heightened in the rigorous landscape. Ansdell was one of the most successful Sporting artists of his generation. Ansdell's best works rival that of Sir Edwin Landseer; as one critic noted in 1860, 'Ansdell's products are among the best of their kind...if we had no Landseer, Ansdell would, unquestionably, occupy the very foremost place in this department of art'.