Rev. William Henry Barnard

The Mer de Glace and the Valley of Chamonix

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Medium
Graphite, watercolour and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 293 x 588 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Reference
T09423

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This image was begun with a faint graphite pencil underdrawing, and overlaid with tones of grey wash made from different dilutions of the same black ink or watercolour. Barnard then filled in and defined the sketch with scattery pen and ink lines and some brush line-work. This technique is visible in the foreground rocks. The dark area in the lower left corner consists of layers of wash, built up by applying wet washes over dry ones. The principal peaks have been numbered from 1 to 10 in graphite pencil.

Gallery label, August 2004

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