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Waterfall near the Lake of Killarney

ca. 1771

William Pars

From the collection


Waterfall near the Lake of Killarney


ca. 1771



In the summer of 1771, a year after accompanying Lord Palmerston on a journey through Switzerland, Pars was asked to join his old patron on a tour of Ireland and the Lake District. By now his style was moving towards a softer and more atmospheric manner, with less use of careful pen outlines to define form. This watercolour has been laid down by Pars onto his own washline mount for presentation to Lord Palmerston. Given Pars's fondness for painting waterfalls, it is perhaps somewhat ironic that in 1782 he should have succumbed to a fatal bout of pleurisy, contracted from standing too long in the water whilst sketching under the Grand Cascade at Tivoli near Rome.
Gallery label, September 2004

Medium: Graphite and watercolour 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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Killarney, County Kerry, Northern Ireland


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