A COTTAGE INTERIOR WILLIAM REDMORE BIGG 1755 - 1828
Indistinctly signed Oil on canvas 20 x 24 ¼ inches Framed size 30 x 34 inches
William Redmore Bigg was born on 6 January 1755 and went on to enter the Royal Academy Schools in 1778. He studied there under Edward Penny RA and William Bigg became a painter of portraits, landscapes with figures, and domestic and rural genre scenes for which he is well known. Bigg's greatest delight was in painting children. His first work exhibited at the Royal Academy in this genre was Schoolboys giving Charity to a Blind Man in 1780 and he continued to exhibit every year at the Royal Academy until 1827. After having been an associate for many years, he was elected an RA in 1814. Bigg also exhibited his paintings at the British Institution and the Free Society of Artists. His paintings are very similar in style to Wheatley and George Morland and have great charm and were highly popular in his day. They were minutely worked with softly handled brushwork and minimum colouring. Many of his paintings were engraved.He is recorded as living at Mr Viny's in Travistock Street, Covent Garden in 1780 and then 10 Tavistock Row, Covent Garden in 1783 and Gate Street, Lincolns Inn Fields in 1792. William Bigg died in London on 6 February 1828.
Works Represented: Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Diploma Gallery; Royal Academy; Tate Gallery
Bibl: Dictionary of Landscape Painters - M.H. Grant; Benezit