This may be the earliest of the five paintings by Harpignies in the Collection, but the consistency of the artist's style makes the dating of his pictures difficult. Here, the artist plays with the vivid reflections of trees and hills in the still water, and with the strong contrast between the light, almost cloudless sky and the dark forms of nature. The site has not been identified.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1819 - 1916
Full title
A River Scene
Date made
about 1850-70
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
21 x 23.2 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Presented by Miss E. Ponsonby McGhee, 1908
Inventory number
NG2256
Location in Gallery