CRADOCK, Marmaduke (1660-1716); after.
[Pair of bodycolour on vellum paintings of birds, including a peacock, roosters and other fowl, ducks, a hoopoe and other birds, within a landscape setting]
[Late 17th or early 18th century]. Gouache over graphite, on fine prepared vellum. Sheet size: 6 5/8 x 9 inches, each. Archivally mounted and framed.
A lovely pair of vellum paintings.
Cradock was born at Somerton, near Ilchester, in Somerset in about 1660. He was apprenticed to a house painter in London, but at the end of the apprenticeship turned to painting animals, birds and still life. He generally preferred working for a daily rate or for dealers, as opposed to wealthy patrons. His works are known to have been primarily used for interior decoration. Walpole praised some of his work, and examples are included in Lord Derby's famous collection at Knowsley and the Yale Centre for British Art. Christine Jackson notes that "He was regarded by his contemporaries as one of the best animal painters of his time."
C. Jackson Dictionary of Bird Artists of the World, p.208; Vertue Notebooks I, Walpole Society, vol.18, 1930, p.80.