Uvedale Price Essay On The Picturesque Road

Sir Uvedale Price, Baronet (1747–1829)

about 1799
Sir Thomas Lawrence (English, 1769–1830)


76.2 x 63.5 cm (30 x 25 in.)

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Oil on canvas

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Britain, 1750-1800 / Portraits (Gallery 141)





A landowner and landscape designer, Uvedale Price is best remembered for his Essay on the Picturesque, As Compared With The Sublime and The Beautiful, published in 1794. For him, the Picturesque was located between the gently Beautiful and the more thrilling Sublime. In practical terms, this meant he sought a middle ground between wild, uncontrolled landscape and highly formal, symmetrical gardens. When possible, he preferred to retain old trees, rutted paths, and textured slopes.


By 1893, Thomas Price, London, England [see note 1]; May 6, 1893, sold by Thomas Price at Christie's, London [lot 55], and purchased by Wallis and Son, London, England. G. P. Avery, New York, NY [see note 2]. George H. Storey, former curator of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY. Eben D. Jordan, Boston, MA; by 1924, by inheritance to Robert Jordan, Boston, MA; 1924, gift of Robert Jordan to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 17, 1924)

[1] probably acquired by inheritance, possibly part of the sitter's family?
[2] possibly Samuel Putnam Avery?

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Gift of Robert Jordan from the collection of Eben D. Jordan

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