About this artwork

This picturesque scene is of a type that would have appealed to Marlow's patrons. Although it is topographical in character the site has not been identified conclusively. Suggestions have ranged from a town and castle on the Rhone, to Castle Huy on the Meuse. The people and boats are reminiscent of those in Canaletto's views which Marlow had admired and copied. It is possible that the painting is a composite view, combining different landscapes.

  • title: A View of the Château de Pierre Scize on the river Saône at Lyon
  • accession number: NG 431
  • artist: William MarlowEnglish (1740 - 1813)
  • gallery: Paxton House
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Castles Rivers
  • materials: Oil on canvas
  • date created:
  • measurements: 81.30 x 114.70 cm
  • credit line: Bequest of Lady Murray of Henderland 1861
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

William Marlow

William Marlow

Marlow was a skilled landscape painter specialising in topographical views. He studied with the artist Samuel Scott and at the St Martin's Lane Academy, London. His travels in France and Italy resulted in numerous drawings, especially of picturesque ruins, which formed the basis of many of the paintings made on his return to Britain. He made copies of paintings by Canaletto and his own depictions of Italian scenes were popular as souvenirs of the Grand Tour. Marlow was also commissioned by his aristocratic patrons to paint views of their country houses in addition to sea views and riverscapes.