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

Edinburgh Castle from Arthur’s Seat

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Hearne was a member of the older generation of watercolour artists. His work was rooted in the traditions of topography – the careful study of particular places and buildings – but he adapted those conventions to modern taste.
This view was based on studies made on the spot in 1798. Hearne has heightened the hills at the back and altered the appearance of the city to make a more satisfying composition. The broken green and brown tones mark a break from the topographical tradition, where colour would be used simply to tint a drawing rather than for textural effect.
Gallery label, September 2004
Medium: Ink, watercolour and gouache on paper
Credit line: 'Presented by Frederick John Nettlefold 1947'
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From the Watercolour World


Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh, Scotland