A painting by J Neate

JAMES NEATE (1829 -1920) was a brewer in Market Lavington, who lived at The Red House on the High Street and sold his beer at The Brewery Tap on White Street. The business was later taken over by his son Norman. (For more information on James Neate of Market Lavington and many other blogs about the business, type James Neate in the search box on the front page of our museum blog.)

At the museum we have this mounted watercolour painting. It measures 49cm x 37cm in its mount.

It is signed J Neate 1846 and our record card attributes it to James Neate of Market Lavington.

Our brewer James would only have been seventeen in 1846 and didn’t move to Market Lavington until 1852. We are not in a position to corroborate the donor’s attribution of the painting to our James Neate.

The back of the painting is inscribed ‘Miss Mitford’s, 3 Mile Cross’. This is a village near Reading. Mary Russell Mitford (1787 – 1855) wrote a series of sketches about Three Mile Cross and its characters based on its inhabitants.

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