© Tate, London 2019 | Licence: CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported)
© Tate, London 2019 | Licence: CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported)

A Capri Boy

1878

Hamilton Macallum

From the collection

Title

A Capri Boy

Date

1878

Description

In this painting a young boy sits on the edge of a rock, trying to catch fish in the clear waters off the South Italian island of Capri. His occupation is secondary to the pleasure of the sun reflecting off the water and onto his skin. Macallum paints a timeless ideal, yet the boy’s youth, like the sunlight, will quickly fade.

Despite the painting’s title, Macallum probably worked on Capri Boy around the Scottish islands. He spent many months of the year here on board his yacht, painting studies of the effects of light and luminosity on the coastal landscape.
Gallery label, September 2004

Medium: Watercolour on paper
Credit line: 'Presented by E. Homan 1897'

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Location

Capri, Italy

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