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Landscape with a Castle

  • About the work
  • About the artist
    William Ashford, landscape painter, was born in Birmingham. Aged 18 he travelled to Dublin as the protégé of Ralph Ward, Head of the Ordnance Department, and worked as a clerk in the Ordnance Department. Little is known of his artistic training, but his earliest paintings were flowerpieces and still lifes. In 1775, he first sent a landscape to the Royal Academy in London and, after resigning his position at the Ordanance, visited and exhibited in London regularly. His friend, architect James Gandon, designed his home at Sandymount, a coastal suburb of Dublin. Ashford was involved in setting up the Royal Hibernian Academy, promoting appreciation of the visual arts, shortly before his death and became its first President in 1823.
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  • Details
    Title
    Landscape with a Castle
    Date
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 94.00 cm, width: 131.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from the Jeremy Maas Gallery, May 1971
    Provenance
    Collection of ‘A. Porton’; from whom purchased by J. S. Maas & Co. Ltd., London, on 28 March 1968; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in May 1971
    GAC number
    9266