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Provenance

By inheritance from her brother to Miss Harriet Patterson Winslow [d. 1964], Washington, D.C., as Fountains Abbey by George Smith of Chichester; gift 1959 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1959
Extended loan for use by The Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1959-1974.
1972
Extended loan for use in Chief Justice Rehnquist's chambers, 1984-2002.
1984
Extended loan for use by The Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1984-
Bibliography
1965
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 35
1968
European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 28, repro.
1975
European Paintings: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1975: 88, repro.
1985
European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 108, repro.
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: 50-52, repro. 51.
Technical Summary

The medium-fine canvas is plain woven; it has been lined. The ground is white, fairly thinly applied. An extensive preparatory sketch of the composition has been drawn in with a red pencil or crayon and reinforced with liquid black paint applied with a brush; unlike the underdrawing of the trees, the underdrawing of the architecture is incorporated into the surface design and is clearly visible. The painting is executed in thin, opaque layers in the landscape, architecture, and sky; some of the foliage and areas of the foreground are applied in translucent glazes; the highlights are slightly textured. There is a pentimento in the tree on the right, which originally had a broader trunk. The paint surface is very slightly abraded throughout; apart from a damaged area of sky just beneath the lowest branches of the tree on the right, which has been retouched, the paint losses are minimal. The thin natural resin varnish has not discolored.