GEORGE WILLIAM MOTE (1832-1909)
The Garden of England
signed and dated ‘G.W. MOTE/1865′ (lower right)
oil on canvas
24 x 29 in. (63 x 76 cm.)
George William Mote was a British painter. He produced a series of landscape oil paintings. Mote started painting as the gardener/caregiver to Sir Thomas Phillips of Middle Hill. Many of Mote’s paintings have been exhibited at Royal Academy and Suffolk Street Gallery of the Royal Society of British Artists.
Mote might be described as being to British 19th century landscape painting what ‘Le Douanier’ Rousseau was to French Impressionism.
Like Rousseau, George Mote was largely self-taught and came from a very different social class than many of his fellow artist. In Motes’ case he was working as a gardener/caretaker (rather than a customs officer) when he first began to have his work exhibited. Mote had an impressive 15 paintings exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1857-1873, 18 works at the famous Suffolk Street Gallery of the Royal Society of British Artists.