John Wootton (1682 - 1764)
November 13, 1764
John Wootton (1682 - 1764) was a popular eighteenth-century English painter who shows the influences of Italian, French and German schools of painting. He was noted in England for his paintings of sporting subjects, battle scenes and landscapes, especially those with horses. He specialized very successfully in horse subjects, but his main contribution to British painting was the introduction of the ideal landscape.
John Wootton was born in Snitterfield, Warwickshire (near Stratford-upon-Avon) likely in 1682. He probably received some instruction from Jan Wyck in the 1690s, and he was possibly patronized from an early age by the aristocratic households of Beaufort and Coventry, perhaps while working as a page to Lady Anne Somerset at Snitterfield House, Warwicks. John Wootton was a subscriber to the first English Academy of Painting and Drawing in 1711 and by 1717 had been elected a steward of the Virtuosi Club of St Lukes. John Wootton died in London on November 13, 1764.