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Julius Caesar Ibbetson
LEEDS 1759 - 1817 MASHAM
LANDSCAPE WITH WASHERWOMEN IN THE FOREGROUND, AN ARCHED BRIDGE BEYOND
oil on canvas
canvas: 13 by 18 in.; 33 by 45.7 cm.
framed: 17 1/4 by 22 1/4 in.; 43.8 by 56.5 cm.
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Provenance

With Frost & Reed, London;
Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 16 June 2005, lot 283.

Catalogue Note

The date of this painting has been read in the past as "1816?" (see 2005 sale under Provenance), though it is now mostly illegible.  Stylistically, the painting appears to be from earlier in Ibbetson’s career, and more like his landscapes of Wales or the Lake District from the 1790s.  The dwelling at right, in fact, resembles Ibbetson’s own home at Ambleside in the Lake District where he lived in the late 1790s, while the motif of the washerwomen on the river bank frequently appears in his work of that period.1

We are grateful to James Mitchell for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.

1.  The traditional title/location has been identified as Rosewell Castle, North Wales, but this appears to be fanciful.

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