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possibly Italian School, Landscapes with Peasants and a Monk

Photo courtesy of Dave Penman (All rights reserved)

Details

Country House
Doddington Hall
Title(s)
Landscapes with Peasants and a Monk
Date
? mid- to late 18th century
Location
Private Apartments
Medium and support
Oil on panel
Dimensions
Overall height: 25 cm, Overall width: 21 cm
Artist
possibly Italian School
Catalogue Number
DN106

Description

The picture features three peasants and a dog in the centre foreground and to the right a seated monk, with a second monk in the shadows, walking up steps towards a makeshift hut, before which a cross is tied to a tree branch. The scene is clearly Italianate and probably dates to the later eighteenth century. The presence of the seated ‘white monk’ in the foreground brings to mind Richard Wilson’s celebrated composition, which became known popularly as ‘The White Monk’, although the present work is quite different in sentiment and style.

by Martin Postle

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