23 November 2004
English School, c.1695
View of a country house, beside a river, with figures in the foreground and a town beyond
oil on canvas
30½ x 66 in. (77.5 x 167.7 cm.)
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J. Harris, The Artist and the Country House, A history of country house and garden view painting in Britain 1540-1870, London, 1979, p.361, no.414.
The post-Restoration house featured in this picture has not been identified. John Harris (op.cit.) commented that 'as the buildings are all stone and the picture is said to have come from Cold Ashton in Gloucestershire, the locality may be Bath or Bristol. Topographically it would fit the former and the towered church would therefore be Bath Abbey'.
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