Charles Dilworth Ford, Riverbank with Figure - 19th-century watercolour painting




An original mid-19th-century watercolour painting, Charles Dilworth Ford Riverbank with Figure.

A delightful grisaille painting of a wooded riverbank with distant figure. On paper cut to shape at the corners and laid down brown paper with a decorative embossed border.

Initialled lower right. Inscribed lower left: "Charles Dilworth Ford of Morecambe Lodge, who was blind for more than 30 years - his horse having run away with him, against the branch of a tree".
Minor foxing and age toning as shown.
17.4cm x 21.8cm.
Unframed.

This work forms part of an attractive collection of pictures once owned by Elizabeth Hill Winchester Ford, wife of Edward Ford Esq (b.1813) of Enfield Old Park, estate owner and Magistrate for Middlesex and the City of Westminster. Edward Ford wrote 'A History of Enfield in the County of Middlesex', 1873. Many of the works are by Edward Ford himself, a talented artist, and date from 1834 to 1848. Edward Ford was son of John Ford of Morecambe Lodge, Lancashire, and a number of the pictures are scenes in Lancashire, Cumbria and Yorkshire.

Other works in the collection are by figures who were presumably friends of the family, including William Henry Leatham, MP for Wakefield, and artists George Harley (1791-1871) and Edward Kennion (1744–1809). The collection passed to John Walker Ford, son of Edward and Elizabeth, who has annotated a number of the pictures, including information that Edward Kennion was drawing teacher to his grandmother, Elizabeth Walker.

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Product code: JE-369


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