Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 24 April 1985, lot 117;
Peter Rose Collection
The Royal Academy, 1874, no 397
B. Coleman, The Best of British Arts & Crafts, Atglen, PA, 2004, p 72;
Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, The Academy, v 106, 1874, p 26, 30;
The Athenaeum, no 2431, May 30, 1874, p 739;
The Exhibition of The Royal Academy, no 28012, The Times, May 26, 1874
Dave Collins of the Berwyn Ramblers has kindly identified this view for us, as from near Llangollen, in North Wales: ‘On the horizon you can see faithfully shown the Sandstone ridge with Beeston Castle on the left and the Shropshire Wrekin on the right. The nearby castle can only be Chirk castle ... but the artist has exaggerated its size and profile.’ The picture was shown at the Royal Academy in 1874, where it attracted notice from the critic of The Athenaeum, who commented that ‘Nature is his kinder inspirer’ - kinder, that is, than the Bible, one might infer. Two figures walk together in the shadowy glen before the trees.