Extensive Landscape seen from Rodborough Fort by Unknown Artist

Fort George, a folly later called Rodborough Fort, was built by 'Captain' George Hawker in 1765 on land taken from Rodborough Common near Stroud.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
106 x 263 cm
Art Fund grant:
£15,000 ( Total: £80,000)
Acquired in:
1994
Vendor:
Christopher Gibbs

Viewed over a battery of cannon placed on the roof of the Fort, the panorama extends from Selsley Hill and Deadman's Acre on the left to Stroud on the right. A distant view of the River Severn can be glimpsed and the villages along the River Frome can be identified from the left. The painting is fascinating as a document not only of the appearance of the towns and villages along the Frome (now almost entirely swallowed up into Stroud) but also of the extent of the textile industry for which the area was internationally renowned.

Provenance

The Guise family of Elmore, by whom sold Sotheby's, 1993; with Christopher Gibbs.

Venue details

The Wilson: Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum Clarence Street, CHELTENHAM Gloucestershire GL50 3JT 01242 237431 www.cheltenhamartgallery.org.uk

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