An unsigned, thought-to-be the work of a student of William Shayer, a fairly well-listed English painter of landscapes with figures and animals. This canvas in good antique condition with some cracquelure and darkened varnish to be expected for its age. Will clean up nicely. There is some slack in the canvas particularly in the lower quadrants that could be eliminated through adjusting stretcher bars. The original unrelined canvas is sound with no repairs and no deterioration at the tacking edges. The carved & gesso gold leaf frame may be original to the painting but if not, is certainly contemporary in age with it.
A lively and richly colored early 19th century painting that is more impressive in its totality than its individual parts. While the composition is confusing and the technique makes the viewer feel as if he is witnessing a scene through wet glass, it's overall quite pleasing, decoratively-speaking.
Measures 26" X 30" framed, and 18-1/4" X 22-1/2" unframed.
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