London 1756 - 1827
Market day in a country town, possibly Brackley, Northamptonshire
Pen and brown ink with watercolour over traces of pencil
185 by 289 mm (drawing)
304 by 400 mm (mount)
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Although some of the more delicate pigments have faded in this watercolour- the overall impression is balanced and pleasing. The work is laid down. The work is sold unframed.
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Lieutenant-Colonel Gould Read Hunter-Weston (1823-1904);
sale, London, Christie's, 22 March 1957, lot 63;
acquired by Walter Brandt (1902-1978);
by family descent until the present owner
Suffolk, Ickworth House, Exhibition of English Water-Colours of the Great Period, 1968, no. 55
It has been suggest that this watercolour depicts the town of Brackley, Northamptonshire. Brackley's market hall was built between 1704 and 1707. Rowlandson produced watercolours of Brackley on more than one occasion. One such example exists in a private collection, Northamptonshire, while another was formerly in the collection of J. Leslie Wright.