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Provenance

Kirkman Hodgson [1814-1879], of Ashgrove, Sevenoaks, Kent; by descent to his son, Robert Kirkman Hodgson [1850-1924], of Gavelacre, Hampshire. H. Darell Brown, London, by 1908;[1] (sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 23 May 1924, no. 17); (Thos. Agnew & Sons, London); sold that same day to the Hon. (later Sir) Arthur Howard [1896-1971].[2] (Thos. Agnew & Sons, London), by 1973;[3] purchased July 1974 by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, Upperville, Virginia; gift 1983 to NGA.

Exhibition History

1817
Probably Norwich Society, 1817, no. 14, as Moon Rising.
1908
Franco-British Exhibiton, Fine Art Palace, London, 1908, no. 73.
1911
International Fine Art Exhibition, British Fine Art Palace, Rome, 1911, no. 19.
1919
English Eighteenth Century Pictures, Thos. Agnew & Sons, Ltd., London, 1919, no. 19.
1921
Crome Centenary Exhibition, Castle Museum, Norwich, 1921, no. 29.
1934
British Art, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1934, no. 447 (Commemorative Catalogue, no. 332, repro. pl. xcviiib).
1951
Treasures from Sussex Houses, Art Gallery, Worthing, 1951, no. 167.
1958
Crome and Cotman, Thos. Agnew & Sons, Ltd., London, 1958, no. 52, repro.
1968
John Crome, Arts Council of Great Britain, Castle Museum, Norwich; Tate Gallery, London, 1968, no. 12.
1986
Gifts to the Nation: Selected Acquisitions from the Collections of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1986, unnumbered checklist
1987
William Wordsworth and the Age of English Romanticism, New York Public Library; Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington; Chicago Historical Society, 1987-1988, no. 280, 187 color repro., fig. 173.

Bibliography

1905
Dickes, William Frederick. The Norwich School of Painting. London and Norwich, n.d. [1905]: 98, repro.
1921
Baker, C.H. Collins. Crome. London, 1921: 149, pl. xxxv.
1968
Clifford, Derek and Timothy. John Crome. London, 1968: 200-201, no. P43, pl. 88.
1978
Goldberg, Norman L. John Crome the Elder. 2 vols. Oxford, 1978: 1:186, 218, no. 99; 2:pl. 99.
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: 48-50, repro. 49.

Conservation Notes

The coarse canvas is plain woven; it has been lined. The absence of cusping except along the right edge suggests that the dimensions may be slightly altered; although the work is only a little smaller than a standard canvas size, 40 x 50 in., the original painting might have extended an inch or so farther at the top, where the tips of the branches are truncated. The ground is light beige. The painting is executed in rich, fluid, translucent scumbles with thicker wet into wet blending in the sky and whites, and some palette-knifelike passages in the tree trunk and interstices of the foliage on the left; the ground is used as a middle tone. The paint surface is slightly solvent abraded and has been very slightly flattened during lining; paint losses are minimal. The older natural resin varnish has been partially removed from the trees and foliage and completely removed in the sky. The moderately thick top layer of synthetic varnish has not discolored.

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