(b. 1768, Norwich, d. 1821, Norwich)

Wooded Landscape with an Oak

Oil on panel, 24 x 18 cm
Private collection

This painting is as much a tree portrait as a landscape study, as the sensitivity and naturalism of the painting imbues the subject with a great deal of character. John Crome, along with John Constable, was one of the earliest English artists to represent identifiable species of trees, rather than generalised forms. His works, renowned for their originality and vision, were inspired by direct observation of the natural world combined with a comprehensive study of Old Masters.