Date: ca. 1788
In this first large landscape that Julian Wood Glass Jr. purchased, natural wonders take center stage. The scene is in the county of Cumbria in the Lake District. In the background we see the double peaks of Mt. Skiddaw, the fourth tallest mountain in England and one of the country’s most famous natural monuments. Falcon Crag is to the right. The artist also incorporated a touch of humor in this scene. At bottom left, an artist is more interested in sketching his female companion than the mountain, even as she attempts to redirect his attention to his supposed subject.
Medium: Oil on canvas
Inscriptions: Signed and dated lower center: "Julius Ibbetson pinxt, 1788"
Dimensions: H: 36 1/4 x W: 48 1/2 in.
Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection
Category: Paintings - Landscapes
Purchased November 8, 1954 from Newhouse Galleries. From the collections of John Baker Holroyd, First Earl of Sheffield, Sheffield Park, Uckfield, Sussex, England, 1816; Arthur Soames, Sheffield Park, Uckfield, Sussex, England, 1890; Captain A. Granville Soames, Sheffield Park, Uckfield, Sussex, England; and Newhouse Galleries, Inc., New York, New York. Recorded in "The Royal Academy of Arts - A Complete Dictionary of Contributors and Their Work from its Foundation in 1769 to 1904" by Algernon Graves, F.S.A., page 212, Number 206. Exhibited at Royal Academy, 1799, Number 206.