The Berger Collection


Thomas Jones (1742–1803)
Landscape with View on the River Wye, ca. 1772
Oil on canvas
17 x 22 3/4 in. (43 x 58 cm)

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The Welsh artist Thomas Jones trained in London with the founder of the British landscape school, Richard Wilson. From Wilson he learned the principles of the classical or so-called ideal landscape – a tranquil vista framed by graceful trees in the foreground and mountains along the distant horizon. Jones then adapted these principles to his native Wales. This picture records a view north of Monmouth on the English border. On the far riverbank are several carefully painted stone cottages, smoke rising from their chimney stacks. The hill beyond has been crowned with a walker’s “cairn.” These piles of stones marked the summit of a hill or mountain; whenever a walker reached the top, he deposited a stone to mark his visit.


Provenance

Private collection, U.K.; Sotheby's, London, November 12, 1997, lot 92.


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