Photo credit: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales
Could this be Miss Gardner's exhibit at the Royal Academy in 1783 as no 418 'Caerphilly Castle, Glamorganshire'? https://bit.ly/3nxkvVh. She was an Honorary Exhibitor.
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.
I recognise that distinctive style. The painting is almost certainly the work of John Glover (1767-1849) who is best known for his paintings of Tasmania, where he emigrated in 1831. He was already an established painter and is represented in the Tate. He particularly painted Romantic landscapes.
Tamsyn, thank you for suggesting John Glover. I have asked the collection if it would be possible to send a better photograph to start with.
John Glover on Art UK
Neither Tintern nor Chepstow , painted by Glover , are far from Caerphilly.
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
two more paintings of Chepstow Castle and one of Tintern Abbey at RA in 1818
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
National Library of Wales has a watercolour of Chepstow Castle
it would be worth checking the catalogues of his one man exhibitions of 1823 and 1824
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
Many thanks to Jennifer Dudley for the attached images taken by the Paintings Conservator when this painting was cleaned and retouched in 2013.
Further images from the collection are attached.
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.
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.