Francis Danby
Romantic Woodland c.1824–5

Artwork details

Francis Danby 1793–1861
Romantic Woodland
Date c.1824–5
Medium Watercolour, gum arabic and graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 194 x 260 mm
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

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The intense and mysterious qualities of the work typify the 'Romantic' approach to landscape of the early nineteenth century. Although the work has been connected to Danby's visit to Norway in 1825, this forest scene is more suggestive of a psychological or spiritual state than any specific place. Danby was based in Bristol, but this work seems to date from the time of his move to London in 1824, when he began to produce 'poetic landscapes' like this one.

September 2004