The view is downstream from the village of Holt in Denbighshire, North Wales. The towers of Chester Cathedral and St John's Church are just visible in the background. The hills in the distance may be in Lancashire, beyond the River Mersey.

This view is probably taken from further down stream than 'Holt Bridge on the River Dee'. It may have been exhibited at the Society of Artists in 1761.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1713/14 - 1782
Full title
The Valley of the Dee, with Chester in the Distance
Date made
about 1761
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
148 x 193.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1953
Inventory number
NG6197
Location in Gallery