THE NEW ROAD, NEAR ASHBURTON, DEVON
Titled verso in pencil Mr Bastard's New Road
23 x 29cm
The present work was likely painted around the time that Payne painted the nearby seat of Edmund Bastard, Sharpham House, which was within walking distance of the road associated with his name. Further views of the road referred to in the inscription on the verso of this drawing were also sketched by Francis Towne, who titled it Mrs Bastard's New Road near Buckland-in-the-Moor, at least three times in 1809 (in the sketchbook now in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, see Stephens, FT685-687)). A view by Thomas Burgess titled Mr Bastard's New Road, Ashburton, Devon was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1807, cat. no. 656.
Richard Stephens, A Catalogue Raisonné of Francis Towne (1739-1816)