William Freeman Senior, Felbrigg Park Norfolk -19th-century watercolour painting


An original early 19th-century watercolour painting, William Freeman Senior Felbrigg Park, Norfolk.

An accomplished monochrome watercolour with graphite by Norwich artist William Freeman Senior (1784-1877), showing the park at Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk. 

Inscribed upper right and verso: 'The Valley in Felbrigg Park' and verso: 'by Freeman Senr'.
There is some foxing and age toning toning to the sheet, including toning marks at the upper left corner and across the upper right, as shown. There is an oblique crease across the lower left corner.
18.1cm x 21.2cm.

William Freeman Senior (1784-1877) was the middle of three generations of artists and a leading Norwich family business: his father was Jeremiah Freeman and his son was William Freeman Junior (1813-1897), known as William Philip Barnes Freeman.

William Freeman Senior exhibited with the Norwich Society of Artists 1805-17, and was President of the Society in 1820. The family ran a successful picture frame making, carving and gilding business. They are said to have acted for the Society, offering their shop as a receiving place for pictures for the annual exhibition.

William was acquainted with the artist John Crome and accompanied him on his visit to Paris in 1814. (William Freeman Junior was school friends with John Crome’s son, and was taught drawing by John Sell Cotman and went on to be friends with David Cox and James Stark).

The Freeman business was involved in commissions for framing and carving at a number of Norfolk country estates, Felbrigg - the subject of this painting - being one of them. Now owned by the National Trust, a number of ornately carved furniture items at Felbrigg Hall were made by William Freeman Senior.

He was Mayor of Norwich in 1843-4.

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Product code: JH-134

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