For many years Buss made sure he had pictures in the Spring Exhibition at the Royal Academy--which was an artist's showcase for prospective clients. Like many other leading artists he also exhibited at the British Institution and the famous Suffolk Street Gallery. A number of his oils were so popular that they were engraved and printed for a wider audience. At present we only have a meagre selection of images of Buss' oils.
DESCRIPTION: The Mock Mayor by Robert William Buss (1804-1875), oil on canvas,1844.
Scene on the market cross when the townsfolk of Newcastle-under-Lyme held their own election of a 'mock' mayor in parody of the formal election among the councillors. The painting was bequeathed to Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council by Joseph Mayer in 1882.
PROVENANCE: Newcastle Museum and Arts Gallery, Staffordshire, England