Admired by John Ruskin and an influence on Constable, Richard Wilson is regarded by many as the father of British landscape painting. JMW Turner is even said to have trekked over mountainous terrain to try to find Wilson’s vantage points. Wilson started his career as a portrait painter, but moved exclusively to landscape after travelling to Italy and becoming exposed to the work of Claude and Gaspard Dughet.
This work is thought to have been painted in Italy, shortly after travelling there in 1750. Sir James Erskine acquired it at Christie’s on the 24th of April 1815, for £44.