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River: Boys fishing (A Backwater of the Severn) (Landscape with Figures resting by a Lake)
Private Collection, England / Photograph by John Hammond
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
River: Boys fishing (A Backwater of the Severn) (Landscape with Figures resting by a Lake)
Later 1760s
Oil on canvas
36.2 x 44 cm
14 1/4 x 17 5/16 in.
Private Collection, England
BB36
P188
Three figures are seen on a river-bank, one boy fishing, one lying down and a girl standing, with trees and a wooden fence opposite on the right and landscape in the background
Weston 2011 (32); Gainsborough House 2014 (unnumbered)
Robert Ford; his daughter, Mrs Rogers; Lionel Edwards of Penrose; bequeathed to Joanna Lady Ford, the niece of his wife, 1961
Unsigned; no inscription
E62 William Pengree Sherlock after Wilson, Landscape with three Figures on a River-bank, one fishing, The British Museum [in reverse]
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Stylistically one of Wilson's later works. Although the traditional title for this composition and other versions has often identified the setting as the River Severn no documentary evidence for such a location has so far come to light.
[Not listed in WGC]; Walpole Society 1998-I, p. 19, BB36; Williams 2011, p. 43