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Provenance

The Hon. Mrs. James(?) Byng. (Wallis & Son, London); purchased 1892 by Peter A.B. Widener,[1] Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, as by Crome; inheritance from Estate of Peter A.B. Widener by gift through power of appointment of Joseph E. Widener, Elkins Park; gift 1942 to NGA.

Bibliography
1915
Roberts, William. Pictures in the Collection of P.A.B. Widener at Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania: British and Modern French Schools, Philadelphia, 1915: unpaginated, repro., as Harling Gate, Near Norwich by John Crome.
1923
Paintings in the Collection of Joseph Widener at Lynnewood Hall. Intro. by Wilhelm R. Valentiner. Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, 1923: unpaginated, repro., as Harling Gate, Near Norwich by John Crome ("Old Crome").
1931
Paintings in the Collection of Joseph Widener at Lynnewood Hall. Intro. by Wilhelm R. Valentiner. Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, 1931: 198, repro., as Harling Gate, Near Norwich by John Crome.
1948
Paintings and Sculpture from the Widener Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1948 (reprinted 1959): 93, repro., as Harling Gate, Near Norwich by John Crome ("Old Crome").
1960
Cooke, Hereward Lester. British Painting in the National Gallery of Art. Washington, D.C., 1960 (Booklet Number Eight in Ten Schools of Painting in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.): 30, color repro., as Harling Gate, Near Norwich by John Crome.
1963
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. New York, 1963 (reprinted 1964 in French, German, and Spanish): 320, repro., as Harling Gate, Near Norwich by John Crome ("Old Crome").
1965
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 35, as Harling Gate, near Norwich, by John Crome.
1968
European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 28, repro., as Harling Gate, near Norwich, by John Crome.
1975
European Paintings: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1975: 88, repro., as Harling Gate, near Norwich.
1978
Goldberg, Norman L. John Crome the Elder. 2 vols. Oxford, 1978: 1:94-95, 213; 2:pls. 85-86.
1985
European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 108, repro., as Harling Gate, near Norwich by Follower of John Crome.
1992
Hayes, John. British Paintings of the Sixteenth through Nineteenth Centuries. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1992: 180-183, repro. 181.
Technical Summary

The fine canvas is twill woven; it has been lined. The ground is light colored, possibly white, and is thinly applied. The painting is executed in thick, rich layers with high texture and impasto throughout; some fine traction crackle in the layers of thin brown glaze, especially at lower right, suggests the presence of bitumen. There is a slight pentimento in the positioning of the gate. The paint texture has been slightly flattened during lining. The lower left and the entire bottom edge have been retouched, there are scattered retouches chiefly in the foreground, and a large area of the sky to the left of the upper branches of the center tree has been heavily overpainted; the dark trunk of the tree on the extreme right has been reinforced with overpaint, as have the red branches in the trees top center. The thick natural resin varnish has discolored to a moderate degree.