David Bates (British, 1840-1921)

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David Bates (British, 1840-1921)

Mother and Children near Capel Curig, North Wales

Oil on Canvas

  • Signed and dated '1884' lower right.  Indscirbed on the stretcher veros.  With plaque on the frame lower center.
  • Provenance; with Lions Den, Stratford-upon-Avon where purchased by the previous private collector in 1992.  Said to have previously been in the collection of Sir John Kennaway, 5th Baronet (1933–2017).  See accompanying paperwork.
  • Similar listed to $68,500.00 USD at auction.
  • There are 35 paintings by this artist in the British National Art Collection.  
  • Painting - 40.5cm x 61cm
  • Frame - 54cm x 74cm 

Lot Notes

A very fine original oil painting on canvas by highly influential British landscape painter David Bates depicting a scene near Capel Curig in North Wales with a mother and children in a mountainous landscape.  The painting has a good provenance having been acquired by the previous private collector from Lions Den in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1992.  According to the accompanying letter from Lions Den the painting was previously in the collection of Sir John Kennaway, 5th Baronet (1933–2017) who had paid £6,500 for this painting and one other by Bates at auction approximately 10 years earlier.  Copies of the paperwork will be supplied to the buyer.  Signed and dated lower right.


In very fine condition.  Professionally lined and conserved in the late 20th century.  Clean, most attractive, well framed and ready to hang.

Artist Information

David Bates was an English landscape artist who painted in oils and watercolour.  Bates was born in Cambridge and from 1855 worked as a porcelain painter at the Royal Worcester porcelain works in Worcester - where he came to specialise in painting flowers. He left his employment there in 1880 to become a full-time professional painter.  Bates was an "open-air" rural landscape artist, painting in the Midlands, Scotland and Wales, and abroad in Switzerland and Egypt. His work shows the influence of Benjamin Williams Leader, Joseph Thors and Samuel Henry Baker, and Bates is associated in style with the Birmingham School of artists.  Bates exhibited many works at the Royal Academy, Grosvenor Gallery, Royal Society of British Artists and the New Watercolour Society in London, and at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. His works are currently on display in Liverpool museum, Worcester City Museum, and several other art galleries.