David Bates (British, 1840-1921)

  • Sold

David Bates (British, 1840-1921)

Gathering Firewood in Sutton Park, Birmingham

Oil on Canvas

  • Signed and dated '1899' lower left.
  • Provenance; with Frost & Reed, London. With original gallery label verso.
  • Painting - 56cm x 76cm
  • Frame - 72cm x 92cm


A very fine original oil painting on canvas by highly influential British landscape painter David Bates depicting children collecting firewood in Sutton Park in Birmingham with a further figure with a donkey and cart beyond.  Signed and dated lower left.


In very fine condition.  Professionally lined and conserved in the 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.