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James Orrock

James Orrock RI
James Orrock
Born 1829
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died 10 May 1913(1913-05-10) (aged 84)
Shepperton, Middlesex, England
Nationality Scottish
Education James Ferguson
William L. Leitch
John Burgess
Alma mater Nottingham School of Design under Thomas Stuart Smith
Known for Watercolour Landscape
Awards Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours
Royal Scottish Academy
Royal Academy
"Storm Approaching"

James Orrock John Constable.[1][2][3]

The son of an Edinburgh dentist, he was himself educated in medicine, surgery, and dentistry at Edinburgh University, after which he practised as a dentist in Nottingham. Orrock studied painting under James Ferguson, William L. Leitch, and John Burgess, later enrolling at the Nottingham School of Design where he was taught by Thomas Stuart Smith.

He settled in London by 1866, becoming an associate of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in 1871, exhibiting at the Royal Scottish Academy and Royal Academy. His later style was highly influenced by David Cox, his paintings today are on show in various museums and galleries, including the Victoria and Albert Museum.[4]

A strong advocate of J. M. W. Turner and British art in general, he was a renowned collector of paintings and oriental ceramics. A landscape painter and watercolourist, he is now believed to have restored, altered and improved works by other painters within his collection. Orrock created art-period rooms in his house, which he opened to the general public.[5]

Having on two previous occasions bought furniture and paintings from Orrock's personal collection,[1] on Orrock's death

  • James Orrock @ BBC Your Paintings

External links

  1. ^ a b c "Lever and James Orrock".  
  2. ^ a b Charles S. Rhyne (17 February 1994). "Deaccessioning John Constable: The Complexity of Authenticity".  
  3. ^ a b "North East could solve riddle of lost Blake collection".  
  4. ^ by James Orrock"A Hayfield in Surrey".  
  5. ^ "James Orrock, 1829–1913".  
  6. ^ "Art Collection". Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "For Exceptional Art. James Orrock". Artlands. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "Connosseurship". Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  9. ^ "20th-Century Scottish Illustrators – Rare Books Collections – National Library of Scotland". Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  10. ^ Obituary, Evening Post, Volume LXXXV, Issue 114, 15 May 1913, Page 7
  11. ^ "Powered by Google Docs". Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  12. ^ BBC One Fake or Fortune episode 2/4, broadcast 26 January 2014


Today, Orrock is also notable as having commissioned, but not himself forged, many of the forgeries associated with the works of John Constable.[2][3] His association with one copy of A Sea Beach Brighton painting by Constable was featured on the BBC One's Fake or Fortune? in January 2014.[12]


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