Barge on a River

Artist/maker unknown, English

Made in England, Europe

19th century

Oil on canvas

8 7/8 x 14 inches (22.5 x 35.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
The William L. Elkins Collection, 1924

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  • PublicationBritish Painting in the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    This landscape was attributed to the Norwich artist John Sell Cotman (1782-1842), but this label has been rejected by both Andrew Hemingway and Miklós Rajnai. Museum files note a provenance to Frederick Piercy, but this has been impossible to confirm.

    Richard Dorment, from British Painting in the Philadelphia Museum of Art: From the Seventeenth through the Nineteenth Century (1986), p. 448.

    Catalogue of Paintings in the Private Collection of W. L. Elkins. 2 vols. Philadelphia, 1887-1900, vol. 2, no. 58, repro. (as "Landscape" by John Sell Cotman); Roger Hinks and Naomi Royde-Smith. Pictures and People: A Transatlantic Criss-Cross Between Roger Hinks in London and Naomi Royde-Smith (Mrs. Ernest Milton) in New York, Boston, Philadelphia During the Months of January, February, March in the Year 1930. London, 1930, 1930, p. 155.