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The first owner of this picture bought it directly from the Society of British Artists exhibition in 1843. The artist later wrote to the new owner explaining how he had composed the painting. 'The Principal figures in the foreground are from studies made expressly for the picture, the Intermediate of course imaginary. The Scene is made from sketches at Alverstoke in Hampshire. The Church & distance is correct but the Inn in the view is the reverse way - I did not intend it to be an exact representation of any place, the subject not requiring it unless painted to commission...'.

September 2004