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Title River Scene
Collection Buckinghamshire County Museum, Aylesbury
Artist Manner of Dutch School
Previously attributed to British School
Date Earliest possibly about 1750
Date Latest possibly about 1800
Description This Dutch-styled port scene complements two other Dutch river views bequeathed from the same collection. Painted loosely in the manner of Jan van Goyen, it focuses on the activity surrounding a variety of boats, all flying Dutch flags. Jutting above the horizon from the town opposite are the sails of a windmill and a distinctively shaped church spire, verifying further the Dutch character of the scene. The river and canalscapes of influential seventeenth-century Dutch landscapists such as Van Goyen had ensured the popularity of such works for generations to come. This one, for example, probably dates from the late eighteenth century.
Current Accession Number AYBCM:ARTT.667
Subject marine
Measurements 58.9 x 83.3 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Miss Katherine Rosa Tompson 1950.
Provenance Possibly by descent to Miss Katherine Rosa Tompson.

Back of panel: typed label, 'River Scene with a windmill in moonlight. / Norwich School / Bequest Miss K.R. Tomson'. Back of frame: '629' in chalk; pencil '100'; scratched, '87'; ink, '3'.

Miss Tompson's bequest included seven paintings and some antique lace. Most of the works are Dutch in style.

Miss Katherine Rosa Tompson, Round Coppice, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire.

The house Round Coppice was purchased in 1787 by Carrier Tompson (the donor's great-grandfather). His heirs were Edward Tompson (grandfather), Edward Carrier Smith Tompson (d. 1906;, father), Ronald Fawcett Carrier Tompson (d.1916, brother) and Frances Rosa Tompson (mother). It is unknown who was responsible for acquiring the paintings left in Miss Tompson's bequest.

Rights Owner Buckinghamshire County Museum
Author Dr Anne L. Cowe



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