10 June 2003
John Ritchie (fl. 1858-1875)
The Shadow on the Tree
oil on canvas
13 7/8 x 12 in. (35.3 x 30.5 cm.)
Anon. sale; Sotheby's Belgravia, 9 March 1976, lot 71 (£650).
with J.S. Maas, London.
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London, Royal Academy, 1861, no. 89.
The twist of enigma in this picture - is the shadow on the tree an expected assignation, or a spectre? - is rare in Ritchie's work. An accomplished painter of genre, his best known painting is A Summer Day in Hyde Park, now in the Museum of London.
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