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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photography by Edward C. Robison III.
Title:

A Wooded Classical Landscape at Evening with Figures in the Foreground


Artist: John Taylor (1735 - 1806)
Date: 1772
Dimensions:
40 x 50 in. (101.6 x 127 cm)
Framed: 48 in. × 57 in. × 3 1/2 in.
Medium: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2011.13
Signed: l.r.: JTaylor 1772
On View
Accession Number: 2011.13
Provenanceto Henry Fane (artist’s brother in-law); by descent to John Fane [1751-1824]; by descent to John Fane [1775-1824]; by descent to John William Fane [1804-1875]; by descent to John Augustus Fane [1830-1908]; by descent to Francis Luther Fane [1865-1954]; by descent to John Coppleston Luther Fane [1933-2008] Wormsley Park, Oxfordshire, England; to estate of John Coppleston Luther Fane, 2008; to (Ben Elwes Fine Art, London, England), 2010; purchased by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, 2011
Label TextFounding father Benjamin Franklin declared John Taylor among America’s geniuses, along with Benjamin West and John Singleton Copley. Unlike his companions, however, Taylor was never a professional artist in the colonies before traveling and settling permanently in England in 1762.

Taylor was born in Philadelphia in 1735, where his family was part of the in-crowd and his father was friends with Franklin. In the eighteenth century, Philadelphia was one of the largest cities in the colonies, with about 13,000 people in 1750.
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