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From Camberwell

ca. 1750-1765?

William Taverner

From the collection


From Camberwell


ca. 1750-1765?


William Taverner holds a special place in the history of British drawing, being remembered today as 'our first regular and systematic painter of free landscape in watercolour'.
In addition to imaginary, Italianate landscapes (no.7), he also painted more informal views of the English countryside. This example has a breadth and a freedom of execution which, together with its naturalistic palette, suggests that it may well have been painted on the spot. There are few precedents in British watercolour for such unadorned transcripts of nature as this study.
Gallery label, September 2004

Medium: Watercolour, gouache and graphite on paper
Credit line: 'Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996'

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Camberwell, London, England



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