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Landscape with a Hut in an Oak Tree and the 'Man in the Moon' Inn

Photo credit: Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library

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This painting prompts the question – did this remarkable pub in a tree really exist? No-one is sure. The artist may have copied the scene from a Dutch painting. The behaviour of some figures is bawdier than the artist usually depicted and more in keeping with the Dutch style. He was a very successful landscape painter who settled in Surrey in 1780. If the pub did exist, it may have been there. Preston-born Devis was half-brother to the portrait painter, Arthur Devis.

Harris Museum & Art Gallery



oil on canvas


H 63.2 x W 76 cm

Accession number

PRSMG : P1405

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