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Photo credit: The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

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This small painting can be identified with a reference in the 'Musaeum Tradescantianum' of 1656 as a landscape by Sir Nathaniel Bacon, an amateur artist otherwise known for his large, flamboyant portraits and still lifes. It is the earliest surviving landscape painted by a native artist in Britain, but is indebted to Flemish models for the technique and Italian for the style.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology


  • Medium

    oil on unprimed copper, backed with oak panel

  • Measurements

    7 x 11 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    Presented by Elias Ashmole, 1683


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The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

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