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This picture, a fine example of Wijnants’s early style, demonstrates how his landscapes are essentially variations on a single theme. Typically, the right side of the picture depicts a rugged track twisting around a sandy bank, with finely detailed vegetation in the foreground and with figures on the road adding picturesque interest. The gnarled silhouette of the central tree, and the shattered trunk on the road provide extra texture.
oil on canvas
H 47.5 x W 58.8 cm
acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1861; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897