The Property of a Gentleman
Dublin 1726 - 1816
Lake scene with a cottage and a group of figures
signed lower left: GMullins
oil on canvas, unlined
unframed: 68.4 x 91 cm.; 26 7/8 x 35 7/8 in.
framed: 93.4 x 113.9 cm.; 36 3/4 x 44 7/8 in.
The canvas is unlined and the paint surface is relatively clean with a slightly discoloured and uneven varnish. There is retouching visible along the upper margin. The dark pigments of the trees and foliage have slightly worn. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms the aforementioned retouching. It also reveals a network of fine lines of retouching in the sky to reduce the network of craquelure, and further retouchings scattered in the aforementioned slightly worn dark pigments. In overall fairly good condition.
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George Mullins is one of a small and important group of native-born Irish landscape painters, active in Dublin in the 1760s and 1770s, who transformed the art world in Ireland, in particular contributing to the development of landscape painting to such an extent that it became the leading genre. Between 1765 and 1769 he exhibited with the Society of Artists in Dublin and later sent pictures to the Royal Academy in London between 1770 and 1775, where he lived with another important Irish landscape painter, Robert Carver. Despite his significant influence upon Irish artistic development, very few securely attributed works by Mullins survive, making this signed painting particularly noteworthy.