Photo credit: The Whitworth, The University of Manchester
This painting has a good chance of being by Richard Wilson (1714–1782) or his studio. It is a version of his painting 'The White Monk', of which there are over twenty surviving versions:
This particular version goes by the title 'The White Monk II' in the Richard Wilson online catalogue raisonné. There are currently three known with this variant of figures:
It looks like the parasol has been repainted in version at the Whitworth Art Gallery.
One of many versions no doubt. Let's ask Paul Spencer Longhurst to look at a high res? But good spot Tim from 'Religious scene'.
Thanks Bendor - I did get a reply from Dr Spencer Longhurst a couple of days ago, he said:
"Thank you very much for drawing the Whitworth painting (0.1.1954) to my attention. As compiler of 'Richard Wilson Online' I have the painting on my database but it is not published in the online catalogue raisonne as I have not yet seen it and it is traditionally listed as ascribed to Wilson. From what I can see on 'Art Detective' this may be an accurate description but I am in touch with the Whitworth and will follow up with a visit if it seems promising."
So I think the Whitworth could update the title to 'White Monk' and maybe the artist to after Wilson until Dr Spencer Longhurst is able to inspect it in person.
The only way forward is an inspection by an expert. Could Tim contact Spencer Longhurst again to see if he has an opportunity yet?