The paint surface appears in color-fresh condition with slight rubbing. The inspection under UV light reveals touch-ups to the sky, as well as to the background, especially on the left side in the architecture. The varnish has been renewed. The canvas has been relined. The restored frame is minimally chipped.
Charles Meer Webb (1830-1895)
Born in Slough in today's Berkshire, Charles Meer Webb studied at the academies of Amsterdam and Antwerp. From 1848 to 1851 he visited the art academies in Düsseldorf with Karl Ferdinand Sohn and Rudolf Wiegmann. In 1851 he took private lessons with Wilhelm Camphausen. From 1848 to 1893 he was a member of the artist's workshop Malkasten. Webb was active mainly in Düsseldorf.
August von Wille (1829-1887)
August von Wille, who was born in Kassel, first studied in his hometown and then in Düsseldorf with Wilhelm Schirmer and C.F. Lessing. Under their influence he discovered the Eifel as a motif for his paintings. From 1859 to 1863 he lived in Weimar, since Karl-Alexander from Saxony-Weimar-Eisenach had called him to the art college. He then returned to Düsseldorf. Wille created portraits, landscapes, architectures and genre scenes. His style was particularly influenced by Caspar Scheuren and Wilhelm Schirmer. Works by Wille can be found at the Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf, amongst others. (cko)