untitled (landscape)

artist: unknown

circa 1850
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Object Detail

untitled river landscape with ruin. A square tower, possibly Norman, is partly obscured by trees in the right middleground-a smaller tower or fragments of wall stands to its right. A copse of trees stands on ahigh river bank and forms the dominant visual element to the composition. The type of trees is not distinct, they could be elms. Smaller trees and bushes to the right and left of the composition are not distinct either. The scene is painted in spring or Summer, there is not sign of autumnal change. A wooden bridge in the middle distance, of simple and rustic construction, appears at the left of the composition. A figure dressed in a dark red cloak, with smock or skirt. there is a house in the far middle distance, partly obscured by trees. It has two white gables. In the far distance an open field of green is just perceptible and a band of trees painted in dark blue and green on the horizon. The sky is cloud-filled, now quite faded (see condition report). In the foreground the river banks dominate the composition and are reflected in the still water. three cattle stand by water's edge, two drinking from the shallows. to the right of the foreground and rocks, grasses and saplings. The work is mounted with a gold painted slip which appears to be recent. The frame, recently regilded, is an elaborate late Victorian rococo style frame with scroll decorations to each corner and applied composition mouldings. Heavily overgilded, oil gilded rather than water gilded.
Maker and role
artist: unknown
Production place
[Norwich], England
Production date
circa 1850
220 x 305
Measurement details
height: 220mm
width: 305mm
Credit line
Foundation Collection, 1993
Project credit line
This digital record has been made available on TJC Collection Online through a significant donation from the OPENING DOORS fund, the generous support of The Friends of The Johnston Collection, and Digitisation Champion Christine Bell
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