Buildings by a Weir in a Mountainous Valley

In this subtle depiction of rushing water in a mountainous valley, with what are possibly mill buildings tucked behind the trees, the steep, densely wooded hills spill down to the water's edge. The hillsides are painted with small, sometimes feathery brushstrokes, often seeming to delineate every leaf.

There is no agreement on the attribution of this painting. The French painter Bidauld has been suggested because he repeatedly painted fast-moving mountain streams.

Key facts

Artist dates
1758 - 1846
Full title
Buildings by a Weir in a Mountainous Valley
Date made
around 1800
Medium and support
Oil on paper laid on board
30.5 × 35.2 cm
Acquisition credit
The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number
Location in Gallery