A River Landscape

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: England
    Place: Steyning, Foreign Office, Wilton Park
  • About the artist
    John ‘Warwick’ Smith was born in Cumberland, the son of a gardener to the sister of Captain John Bernard Gilpin. Gilpin gave him lessons and took him on sketching trips. In about 1775, he met the Earl of Warwick, who funded his stay in Italy (1776-81). He continued producing Italian pictures after his return. He later travelled on UK sketching tours and received commissions for series of watercolours, including 56 of Perthshire and 26 of the Isle of Man for the Duke of Atholl. He made several trips to Wales between 1784 and 1806, resulting in 15 plates for ‘A Tour to Hafod in Cardiganshire’ (1810). In 1805, he became a member of the Society of Painters in Watercolour and was later its President. He died at the age of 81 in London.
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  • Details
    Title
    A River Landscape
    Date
    Medium
    Watercolour on paper
    Dimensions
    height: 21.50 cm, width: 37.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Christie's, 26 April 1977
    Provenance
    Sold through Christie's, London, on 26 April 1977 (Lot 60); from which sale purchased by the Department of the Environment
    GAC number
    13276