T01929 THE OUTSKIRTS OF LONDON: A VIEW LOOKING TOWARDS QUEEN SQUARE 1785–6?
Inscribed verso in pencil ‘varnishd. with Sizes/16 Decr. 1785’
Oil on paper, 9 7/16×13 (24×33)
Purchased from Ian Fleming-Williams (Grant-in-Aid) 1974
Coll: The artist, by descent to Elphinstone Farrer; Mrs. Elphinstone Farrer, sold Christie's, 2 July 1954 (222, with ‘A Hilly Landscape, with a Church’), bt. Colnaghi, by whom sold to Ian Fleming-Williams October 1954
Exh: Marble Hill House, 1970 (77, repr.)
Jones returned to England in November 1783, after seven years in Italy. For the next six years he lived chiefly in London, accepting the fact that ‘my professional Career was at an End, for excepting a few Commissions from three or four friends, whatever I have done in the walk of Art since, has been for my own Amusement-’ (ed. A.P.O[ppé], Memoirs of Thomas Jones, Walpole Society, XXXII, 1951, p.141). He retired to the family estate at Pencerrig in Wales in 1789…