British Painting in the Philadelphia Museum of Art
There is little in the style of this picture to suggest the Norwich School, yet it came to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1924 as a view of or near Ringland Hill, a location about ten miles south of the city of Norwich. A visit to Ringland Hill confirms that the view is topographically possible, although, of course, this stone wall and house could not be identified. The traditional identification and the provenance, listed in the catalogue of the Elkins Collection, to the famous family of patrons the Custance family in Norwich, allow us to attach the name Norwich School to this picture.1 However, the almost rococo prettiness, the dainty house and figures, and the feathery trees cannot be associated with the style of any one artist or school of painters who exhibited with the Norwich Society.
Richard Dorment, from British Painting in the Philadelphia Museum of Art: From the Seventeenth through the Nineteenth Century (1986), p. 441.
1. Catalogue of Paintings in the Private Collection of W. L. Elkins. 2 vols. Philadelphia, 1887-1900, vol. 2, no. 60.
LITERATURE: Catalogue of Paintings in the Private Collection of W. L. Elkins. 2 vols. Philadelphia, 1887-1900, vol. 2, no. 60, repro. (as by John Crome); Norman L. Goldberg. "Old Crome in America." The Connoisseur, vol. 146, no. 589 (November 1960), pp. 214-17, p. 214.