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A Vaguely Italianate Landscape with Antique Ruins, Sheep and a Sportsman accosted by a Gypsy and her Children

British (English) School

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

1600 - 1669

Materials

Oil on canvas

Measurements

508 x 1016 mm (20 x 40 in)

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Collection

Lyme, Cheshire (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Lyme, Cheshire, North, National Trust

NT 500453

Summary

Oil painting on canvas (unlined on an unkeyed stretcher), A Vaguely Italianate Landscape with Antique Ruins, Sheep and a Sportsman accosted by a Gypsy and her Children, English School, early - mid 18th century. A landscape, with meaningless, vaguely Italian buildings in the background, and in the foreground: on the left, five remaining columns of a circular temple, with an urn-tomb, shaped vaguely like the Tomba del’Asino; on the right, a baldachin-like structure over a circular fountain; between these, a gypsy woman, with two little children clutching her dress, tells the fortune of a sportsman with his gun over his shoulder, as a third child steals the contents of his bag; a boy leaning on a stone looks on. Pair to 500452.

Provenance

Accepted by HM Government in Lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the National Trust, 2011. Probably painted as an overdoor for one of the rooms thrown together by Lewis Wyatt to make the Library, and kept on in the latter; 1879 inventory, p.27: ‘ “Colloseum” + ‘do’ ‘gilt frames’’; 1929 inventory, p.17: Library, ‘3 oil studies various.’; by inheritance and descent to Richard, 5th Lord Newton (b.1950), and his brother, the Hon. David Legh (b.1951); accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to the National Trust, 2011.

Credit line

Lyme Park, The Legh Collection (accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to the National Trust, 2011)

Marks and inscriptions

Verso: in large black, on back of canvas: No 26 Verso: on top member, in large black paint: 20; in pencil: over Door / In Library

Makers and roles

British (English) School, artist

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