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The village of Thorpe with the adjacent river was a favourite sketching place for Thirtle and other members of the Norwich School. On the left is St. Andrew’s Church, of which only the tower remains today, standing in the shadow of a larger church built in the 1860s. The district is now a suburb of Norwich, known as Thorpe St Andrew.
A version of this painting, in the Norwich Castle Museum, is illustrated in Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton, John Thirtle 1777-1839. Drawings in the Norwich Castle Museum, 1977, pl. 42 (cat. no. 79). That version includes a cart with horses in the foreground, and wherries tied up beyond the fence. The catalogue notes that ‘a similar composition but without the wherries… was lent by Sir Henry Holmes to the Thirtle centenary 1939 (5)’; this may well refer to the present picture.
|Height||10.50 inch||(26.67 cm)|
|Width||16.50 inch||(41.91 cm)|
Martyn Gregory Gallery
34 Bury Street