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.
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