English School, 18th century oil on canvas painting depicting a view of Birkenhead, Wirral, with the River Mersey and city of Liverpool in the background. Unsigned. Housed in an ebonized wood frame. Sight: 19 3/4" H x 31 1/2" W. Frame: 22 7/8" H x 34 1/2" W. Note: This is a version of the earliest known painted view of Birkenhead and the River Mersey, looking from Holt Hill, Tranmere over Tranmere Pool and Birkenhead Priory, attributed to Charles Eyes (c. 1745-1803). Other versions of this painting are in the collections of the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, and Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Birkenhead. The latter is dated to 1767. Source: Williamson Art Gallery & Museum.
Scattered retouching throughout, the largest area of which measures 4 1/2" x 4 1/2, to clouds in upper center. Negligible abrasion to lower right quadrant, near the border. Frame with scratches and losses to paint.
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