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The River Dee near Eaton Hall
Private Collection, North America
Ascribed to Wilson
The River Dee near Eaton Hall
Undated
Oil on canvas
54.6 x 69.9 cm
21 1/2 x 27 1/2 in.
Private Collection, North America
P86D
A river extends from the right foreground to the centre middle distance and is bordered on both sides by trees and bushes. At a bend in the middle distance there is a cottage and in a field to the right, cows are grazing. Distant hills are seen on the right and the sky is yellow with the sunset.
Unsigned, no inscription
This view is near Eaton Hall, Cheshire. According to Howson (see Westminster 1874) it is 'seen from a well-known point of view not very far below the point where the tributary joins the main river.' Eaton Hall was the country seat of the 1st Earl Grosvenor. The direction seems to be downstream, towards Chester and the distant hills of Wales. The setting may be partly imaginary, however.
D354 The Banks of the River Dee near Eaton Hall Cheshire, Art Institute of Chicago, Leonora Hall Gurley Collection
E25 Thomas Morris after Wilson, The Banks of the River Dee near Eaton, Cheshire, The British Museum & other impressions
E71/1 John Young after Wilson, View on the River Dee, near Eaton Hall, The British Museum
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The composition is in reverse compared with all the other versions and probably derives from Thomas Morris's print of 1774 (E25 and other impressions)
Westminster 1874
This is the only known painting of the subject in reverse
03/11/2016