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J.B.CUMING, Peckham Rye 1815.



  J.B.CUMING, Peckham Rye 1815. £SOLD  
In about 1985 when I first started dealing I brought a wonderful album of watercolours by J.B.Cuming at Bermondsey Antique Market. I sold them to my Farther who had just taken early retirement, and as a collector of water colours had him self started trading. He kept two for his collection (we still have them) and sold the rest framed up. At the time we knew very little about the artist. Why the story well I have just brought one of those pictures back, Sheep at Peckham. We now know so much more.
Born 1772, full name John Brompton Cuming, son of the collector Richard Cuming and Martha Maxwell, His Uncle was Henry Syer Cuming exposed the Shadwell forgeries , more commonly known as Billy & Charley's , still fooling people today.
He was a RA student from 1790 and is recorded by them as an amateur artist, In 1803 he married Mary Stringer, and after her death Harriet Homersham living in Newington Surrey. An online search shows he traveled widely in this country visiting The Isle of White & Jersey.
Another view of Peckham is in the Southwark Heritage Collection.


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