|Artist||after James Green|
|Dimensions||Image 223 x 361, Sheet 331 x 484 mm|
A pair of portraits depicting a yeoman and an esquire bedell. A bedell is a ceremonial officer of a university, usually with official duties relating to the conduct of ceremonies for the conferment of degrees. Proof before letters of an unpublished edition of John Claude Nattes' 'A Graphic and Descriptive Tour of the University of Oxford, &c.' (London: James Cundee), first published in 1805. A scarce print.
James Green (1771–1834) was a British portrait-painter and watercolourist. In London he was apprenticed to Thomas Martyn, a draughtsman of natural history. Afterwards he was accepted into the schools of the Royal Academy, and here attracted the attention of Joshua Reynolds, copying many of his works. In 1792 he first exhibited at the Royal Academy, sending views of Oxford Market and Chapel; in 1793 he exhibited several views of Tunbridge Wells, and some portraits. Many of his portraits have been engraved. Green was a member of the Associated Society of Artists in Water-Colours, and was a frequent exhibitor at the British Institution.
John Claude Nattes (c. 1765-1822) was a topographical painter and draftsman. He lived and worked in London and Edinburgh. There is no know birth records for Nattes and it is thought he may have been French or Irish. He was the pupil of Irish artist H.P. Deane and he also made many trips to France diring his life. In addition to being a painter, Nattes was also a drawing master, print dealer, and founding member of the Old Watercolour Society, from which he was expelled in 1807 for submitting other artists' work under his name. Nattes regularly exhibited a the Royal Academy from 1780.
Condition:Time toning and surface staining. Wear and creasing to margins, not affecting image.