James Harvey British Art

William Oram (active from 1737-d.1777)

A Wooded Landscape with a View of Classical Ruins
In original carved and giltwood English Carlo Maratta frame. Signed lower left corner. Oil on canvas
Dimenions: Height: 114.0 cm
Width: 158.0 cm
Stock No.: P2G0292
Location: Bond Street
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Painted for the Duke of Leeds, Hornby Castle, and thence by descent to the Lady Camilla Osborne whose trustees sold the picture in 2004.

William Oram was trained as an architect, but later turned to landscape ainting in the Classical tradition. He was greatly influenced by past masters such as Gaspar Poussin and, more immediately, John Wootton and George Lambert. He was also an occasional landscape topographer on copperplate, and produced an impressive rendition of a view of Datchet Bridge on the River Thames.

Through the influence of Sir Edward Walpole, Oram was appointed Master Carpenter to the Board of Works from May 1748; continuing this work until his death on 17th March, 1777. In this role Oram designed the Triumphal Arch to mark the coronation of George III in Westminster Hall on 22nd September, 1761. He enjoyed royal patronage and there are documented murals in Sir William Chamber’s Saloon at Buckingham Palace that were painted for Queen Charlotte.

The fruits of careful academic study are outlined in his book, ‘Precepts and
Observations on the Art of Colouring in Landscape Painting’ and aptly put into
practise in this composition.