13 June 2000
Thomas Creswick, R.A. (1811-1869) and Richard Ansdell, R.A. (1815-1885)
The Nearest Way in Summer Time
signed and dated 'T Creswick/R Ansdell/1854' (lower left)
oil on canvas
48 x 72 in. (122 x 182 cm.)
Ben Lockwood Esq.
Charles P. Matthews Esq.; Christie's, London, 6 June 1891, lot 20.
A. P. J. Staton Esq.; Christie's, London, 25 April 1975, lot 43 (illustrated).
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Art Journal, 1855, p. 178.
R. Todd, The Life of Richard Ansdell, R.A., Manchester, 1919, p. 18.
London, Royal Academy, 1855, no. 440.
The Art Journal (op. cit.) recorded: 'In this large picture the left of the composition is filled by a farm-house overshaded by trees. The road - "the nearest way" - passes the enclosure, and leads to a pond which we may suppose from the title to be impassable in winter. The river is seen winding from distance to the foreground, and a team of roan horses, attached to a wood-waggon, are crossing. The horses are admirably drawn and painted'.
We are grateful to Peter Ansdell for his help in the preparation of this catalogue entry.
Decorative and dangerous, the most impressive group of courtly quality weapons to come to auction in well over a generation
This month, Christie’s offers one of the American artist’s large-scale works. In October, she will tackle the monumental proportions of Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall