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View in Leigh Woods: PD.8-1956

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View in Leigh Woods


Nasmyth, Patrick (Painter)


History note: John, 2nd Lord Northwick (1770-1859), for whom it was painted; his posthumous sale, Thirlstane House, Cheltenham, by Phillips, 26 July 1859 (351), bt. Grundy; Thomas Walker sale, Christie's, 16 June 1888 (142), bt. Agnew; Charles P. Matthews sale, Christie's, 20 June 1891 (72), bt. Vokins; R. Kirkman Hodgson sale, Christie's, 23 February 1907 (47), bt. Williams; J. Vavasseur deceased sale, Christie's, 23 April 1910 (32), bt. Agnew; B. Lewis sale, Christie's, 3 March 1930 (138), bt. Tooth; with Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd, London, in 1933; with Leggatt Bros., London; Eric Richter sale, New York, Parke-Bernet Galleries, 2-3 November 1950 (307); van Doorn Estate sale, New York, Parke-Bernet Galleries, 29 February 1956 (65), bt. Julius Baer; Leggatt Bros., London

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From the Fairhaven Fund.

Measurements and weight

Height: 71.4 cm
Width: 101.9 cm

Relative size of this object

1 m71.4 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Bristol ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1956) by Leggatt Bros


Production date: AD 1830


Leigh Woods, Bristol, across the Avon Gorge from Clifton Downs.

School or Style


Materials used in production

Oil paint

Components of the work

Support composed of canvas

Techniques used in production

Painting (image-making) : Oil on canvas

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Pat(k). Nasmyth (the 'k' appearing as superscript)
  • Location: Lower left, on the large stone
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: 1830
  • Location: To right of above
  • Type: Date
  • Text: ex Lord Northwick coll., 1859, for whom it was painted
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Typed
  • Type: Label
  • Text: ex J.J. Vavasseur, CB, coll., 1910
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Typed
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: azure three towers among three pellets, a coronet with seven balls (looks fairly new)

  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Red wax
  • Type: Seal
  • Text: 8946
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: MS, ink

Inscription present: small orange-coloured oval label

  • Text: 307
  • Location: Verso
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.8-1956
Primary reference Number: 3710
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Monday 29 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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