Fresh Gathered Peas
Click on the main picture to view details
Francis Wheatley, R.A. ( London 1747 - London 1801 )
The son of a tailor, Wheatley was born in Covent Garden in 1747 and was trained at William Shipley’s drawing school, as well as at the newly established Royal Academy Schools. He won several prizes from the Society of Artists during the early phase of his career. His early work consists mainly of portraits and conversation pieces, which recall the manner of Johan Zoffany (1733-1810) and Benjamin Wilson (1721-1788), under whom Wheatley may have studied. John Hamilton Mortimer (1740-1779), his friend and collaborator, also seems to have influenced his work, particularly in the rendering of fabrics.