Martin painted at least two other versions of the subject, one of larger dimensions, exhibited at the British Institution in 1843, no. 211, the other of almost identical size, signed and dated 1816, today in the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle.1 The signature on the present work has come to light only since the painting’s last appearance on the market, and although the Laing picture has traditionally been identified as that exhibited at the British Institution in 1817, it is difficult to distinguish between records of both versions.
1 See Myrone 2011, pp. 83 and 224, cat. no. 20, reproduced in colour.
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