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River View with Cader Idris
Collection of The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Photo MMFA. F. Cleveland Morgan Bequest.
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
River View with Cader Idris
Oil on canvas
69.9 x 91.8 cm
27 1/2 x 36 1/8 in.
River scene in North Wales with an aqueduct and sailing boat in the right middle distance and a castle on the summit of the hill behind. In the foreground are an angler and two swans. A mountain in the distance is probably intended as Cader Idris.
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts 1939, Loan Exhibition of Nineteenth Century Landscape Paintings (51 - Classic Landscape); Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario 1940, Exhibition of Great Paintings - Canadian Red Cross (38 - Italian Landscape); Montreal Art Association, Masterpieces of Painting, 1942 (ex-catalogue); Montreal Museum of Fine Arts 1949, Art from Montreal Collections (58 - View in North Wales); Montreal Museum of Fine Arts 1952, Six Centuries of Landscape (35 - View in North Wales); Montreal Art Association 1959, Landscape Painting, (51); Montreal Museum of Fine Arts 1960, Canada Collects: European Painting 1860-1960 (124 - Landscape); Montreal Museum of Fine Arts 1986, Curators' Choice.
Sold Christie's, 18 February 1901 (110 - River Scene in North Wales, with Bridge, Castle and Angler), bt Rigg (£11.0s.6d.); Christie's, 22 April 1901 (79), bt James Morgan (£8.18s.6d.); by descent; F. Cleveland Morgan Bequest 1962 with a life interest held by J. Bartlett Morgan, Senneville, Quebec (d. July 1988).
Handwritten label, originally on the back of the frame, now in the F.C. Morgan Catalogue: 'View in North Wales | Muller £L41 | auc. £40 | value £L == '
The location of the scene has been much discussed over the years and it may in part be imaginary.
The price paid by James Morgan in 1901 is given as £8.18s.6d. in an annotated sale catalogue but is recorded elsewhere in the curatorial records and on the old label verso as £40. [Information kindly supplied by Janet M. Brooke].
WGC, pp. 92, 184, pl. 50b; R.H. Hubbard, European Paintings in Canadian Collections, Toronto, 1956, p. 154 [as River View with Caeder Idris]; P. Dumas, 'A Montreal Connoisseur and Benefactor', Canadian Art, vol. 16, no. 56, no. 1, February 1959, p. 19; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Annual Report, 1964, p. 32.
Relined. Conserved 1964 by Mrs Sari Stolow, 205, Clemow Avenue, Ottawa.