barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Richard Wilson (1714-1782)

The River Dee near Eaton Hall

London, probably exhibited 1760

Oil on canvas

 

This view of the River Dee in Cheshire looks upstream to the south-west and the distant hills of Wales.

It was painted for Sir Richard Grosvenor, the owner of the nearby Eaton estate.  The Welsh artist Wilson had recently returned from Italy (1750-7) where he he began to concentrate on landscape painting.  His experiences there enabled him to invest this British scene with a southern feel.  The light from the setting sun, the framing tree, and the river curving into the distance echo paintings of the Roman countryside by Claude Lorrain.

 

Purchased 1937 (No.37.11)