WILLIAM ASHFORD, P.R.H.A. (BIRMINGHAM C.1746-1824 DUBLIN)
A Weir on the River Clodiagh at Charleville Forest, Co. Offaly, Ireland
signed and dated 'W. Ashford 1801' (lower right)
oil on canvas
40 x 50 in. (100 x 126 cm.)
Commissioned from the artist by Charles William Bury, 1st Earl of Charleville (1764-1835), Charleville Castle, Co. Offaly, and by descent to,
Alfred Bury, 5th Earl of Charleville (1829–1875), and by inheritance with the house to his niece, youngest daughter of the 3rd Earl,
Lady Emily Alfreda Julia Howard Bury (1856-1931), and by descent to her son,
Charles Kenneth Howard Bury (1883-1963), by whom sold at the following,
Charleville Castle Sale; Allen and Townsend, Dublin, 1 February 1948.
Anonymous sale [The Property of a Lady]; Christie's, London, 12 July 1991, lot 67 (£110,000), when acquired by the present owner.
Sir Charles Coote, General View of the Kings' County, 1801 pp. 179-180.
M. Girouard, 'Charleville Forest, Co. Offaly', Country Life, 27 September 1962, pp. 710-714.
A. Rowan, 'Georgian Gothic Castles in Ireland', Irish Georgian Society Bulletin, Jan/Mar 1964.
E. Malins and the Knight of Glin, Lost Demesnes: Irish Landscape Gardening, 1660-1845, 1976, p. 87, plates 97, 98 and 99.
A. Crooksank and the Knight of Glin, The Painters of Ireland C.1660-1920, 1978, pp.134-135, plate 31.
A.M. Stewart, ed., Irish Art Loan Exhibitions 1765-1927, I, 1990, p. 19.
F. O’Kane, Ireland and the Picturesque: Design, Landscape Painting and Tourism 1700-1840, London, 2013, pp. 174 and 176-177, fig. 159.
Dublin, The Society of Artists of Ireland, 1801, one of nos. 5, 51, 58, 71, 78, each entitled 'View in Charleville Forest a seat belonging to Lord Viscount Charleville'.
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