In the Park at Packington

Heneage Finch, 4th Earl of Aylesford (British, Syon House 1751–1812 Great Packington, Warwickshire)
Pen and brown ink and brush and brown and gray wash
sheet: 8 3/8 x 11 in. (21.3 x 27.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Harry G. Sperling Fund, 1973
Accession Number:
Not on view
Active as a statesman and patron of British cultural institutions, Aylesford was also a gifted amateur draftsman and etcher. Before he became earl in 1777, the artist studied drawing as an undergraduate at Oxford. The strong ink outlines and assured application of wash in this mature drawing suggest a date in the mid-1780s. Italian precedents influenced his draftsmanship, but his expressive response to a tree found on his Warwickshire estate echoes Rembrandt. (Aylesford collected the seventeenth-century Dutch master’s prints and learned to etch in a similar manner.) This drawing anticipates the poetic landscapes of the next century’s Romantic era, such as the work by Samuel Palmer that hangs nearby.
Inscription: Inscribed in pen and brown ink at lower left of original mount: "In the Park at Packington"
Vendor: P. & D. Colnaghi & Co.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," August 8, 2017–November 20, 2017.

Ian Fleming-Williams "The Finches of Packington-I." Country Life. Vol. 150, July 15, 1971, Illustrates drawings by the artist representative of different stages of his work (but not the MMA drawing).