Undated, but possibly 1890, when the Swynnertons were staying at Carrara in north-west Italy.
[In 1890] I was glad of the opportunity of a rest and change afforded one by an invitation we had from our early Roman friend Mr. J. W. Swynnerton, the sculptor, and Mrs. Swynnerton, the distinguished painter, to spend a few weeks with them at a villa near Carrara … While with our friends the Swynnertons we made an expedition to the summit of Moune Sagra, the highest peak of the Carrara range.
Walter Crane (1907) An Artist’s Reminiscences.
The Times, 2 May 1927:
… “The Gulf of Spezia, seen from Carrara,” the most “alive” landscape in the exhibition, all a-quiver with light and yet firmly braced by the tree stems …
- Medium: oil on canvas.
- Dimensions: 635 x 881 mm (0.63 m², Posthumous Studio Sale Catalogue), 641 x 1020 mm (0.65 m², Aberdeen Art Gallery), unframed. The latter dimensions are assummed to be the more accurate.
- History: 1890? (see text above); exhibited Aberdeen (date unspecified) according to the Posthumous Studio Sale Catalogue; Royal Academy, 1927; and referred to as “a picture of Carrara” in The Illustrated London News, 7 May 1927, p832; image in the Royal Academy Illustrated, 1927 with the title Gulf of Spezia, seen from Carrara; presented to Aberdeen Art Gallery in 1955 by the Hon. Gertrude Forbes Sempill, titled Landscape with Trees.
- Location: Aberdeen Art Gallery.