A Day in the Country


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‘A Day in the Country’ by William Frederick Witherington R.A. (1785-1865).

The painting – which depicts a group of Victorian figures on a summer’s day before an extensive landscape of Wharfedale and the ruins of Bolton Priory – is signed by the artist and dated 1859, in which year it was exhibited at the Royal Academy.

Bolton Priory was originally founded in the 12th century as an Augustinian monastery known as Bolton Abbey. When King Henry VIII ordered the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539 the priory was abandoned and fell into ruin, but by the early 19th century interest in the Picturesque saw its Gothic ruins become one of the most popular destinations for Victorian day-trippers.

William Frederick Witherington entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1805. After making his debut at the Royal Academy in 1811, Withington exhibited there every year until 1863. Over the course of his long career, he found great success as a painter of well-executed pastoral landscapes and subject pictures in the manner of George Morland and David Wilkie. He was elected an R.A. in 1840. Between 1808 and 1863, Witherington exhibited 138 paintings at the Royal Academy and 62 at the British Institution.

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Dimensions: (framed) 84cm x 110cm (33” x 43¼”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 66cm x 93cm (26” x 36¼”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: 1859; exhibited at the Royal Academy (cat. no. 377. Private UK collection.
Presentation: Fine quality gold metal leaf frame.
Condition: Very good. Professionally cleaned, restored, and re-varnished. Ready to hang.


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