Lot 135
  • 135

John Miles of Northleach

15,000 - 25,000 GBP
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  • John Miles of Northleach
  • The Naming of the Animals
  • inscribed Painted by J. Miles Northleach / Glor. Sh (lower left)
  • oil on canvas
  • 88.2 by 121.7cm., 34 3/4 by 47 7/8in.


Sotheby's, London, 22 July 1986, lot 149
Csaky's Antiques, London, by August 1986

Catalogue Note

Born in Farmington, Gloucestershire in 1781, John Miles was listed in the 1841 census, at the age of 60, as an artist, along with one of his sons Henry who was also a painter. Miles specialised in rustic scenes, often depicting prize winning animals and contemporary everyday scenes and events, painted in a charming and characteristically provincial style. His oeuvre has been easily constructed on the basis that he was a prolific signer and dater, giving evidence that the bulk of his work was executed between circa 1820 and 1840. Although religious subjects are rare in his output, the subject of Adam naming the animals allowed him to experiment with more exotic species. Another signed version of reduced dimensions, which differs in the arrangement of the animals, was sold in these rooms 11 July 1984, lot 29.