A finely painted landscape by a currently unknown artist, it captures a vibrant scene of a horse-drawn carriage riding along a rough dirt road away from a large town. The subtle eaves of buildings can be seen along the distant horizon as the vehicle approaches a gentleman strolls along the path with a large walking stick while workers toil in the fields beyond. To the left is a small body of water where a figure stands under the shade of a large tree.
The painting is executed in oil on canvas and is signed somewhat illegibly lower left.
This is a very striking and precise piece, skillfully executed with exacting detail and an eye carefully attuned for shadows and use of light in creating drama and mood in a scene with looming clouds overhead pierced only briefly with blue skies hinting through.
Measurements: 15 1/8" H x 20 1/4" W x 1 1/4" D [frame]; 10 3/4" H x 16" W [canvas]
Condition Report: Contemporary frame. Inpainting visible under UV to and around the central tree. Very slight ripple to canvas corners, could perhaps be keyed out at some point.
“Path to Town” Antique Landscape Oil Painting, Signed Illegibly, 19th Century