British 18th C, except portraits, Wales: Artists and Subjects 15 Does anyone know who painted this view of Caerphilly Castle?

Caerphilly Castle from the Van
Topic: Artist

Could this be Miss Gardner's exhibit at the Royal Academy in 1783 as no 418 'Caerphilly Castle, Glamorganshire'? She was an Honorary Exhibitor.

Martin Hopkinson, Entry reviewed by Art UK


Miles Cato,

Miss Gardner's picture is illustrated in Waterhouse (Dictionary of British 18thc Painters) p. 140 - and sadly is not the same. The present work looks pretty early, perhaps mid-18thc? Sadly, the hand is not familiar but it a rather spectacular picture.

Martin Hopkinson,

Neither Tintern nor Chepstow , painted by Glover , are far from Caerphilly.

Martin Hopkinson,

BI 1818 no View near Chepstow 3 ft 8 in x 4 ft 10 in
BI 1819 no Tintern Abbey 4 ft 3 in x 5 ft 6 in
also exhibited 3 paintings of Goodrich Castle in 1818

Martin Hopkinson,

two more paintings of Chepstow Castle and one of Tintern Abbey at RA in 1818

Martin Hopkinson,

The Yale Center for British Art, New Haven has a watercolour of Goodrich Castle on the Wye with one of Chepstow Castle verso
The large painting in Newport Museum of Tintern should be compared with this [88.8 x 199.5 cm]
Nottingham's Chepstow Castle 91. 4 x 132.1 cm

Martin Hopkinson,

National Library of Wales has a watercolour of Chepstow Castle

Martin Hopkinson,

it would be worth checking the catalogues of his one man exhibitions of 1823 and 1824

Martin Hopkinson,

for his work in UK see B S Long, Walker's Quarterly , 15, 1924
More recently there have been several publications on his work in Australia

Marcie Doran,

I compared this painting to other paintings of castles and landed on the following Richard Wilson because of the man sketching and the detailed old and new buildings.
“Dover Castle”
Richard Wilson (1713/1714–1782)
National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff

The orange ground, the fence, and the hedgerows in the mystery painting are similar to those in this painting.
“View of Old Kedleston House”
Jan Griffier I (c.1652–1718) (attributed to)
National Trust, Kedleston Hall and Eastern Museum

It has charm, and in date and manner is probably closer to Griffier than Wilson (so thereby also before John Glover): early to mid 18th-century at a guess.

The dress of the artist and his companion must be first half of the 18th century, and treatment of landscape, peasants and buildings surely cannot be any later than that.

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