John Scarlett Davis
After Velasquez, The Infanta Margarita, in the Louvre 1831

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John Scarlett Davis 1804–1845
After Velasquez, The Infanta Margarita, in the Louvre
Date 1831
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 139 x 112 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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Whereas many painters in this room sought to emphasise the drama and commotion of the city, in this painting of the Thames looking towards Chelsea, Whistler creates an almost abstract atmosphere of tranquillity. This is the first of a series of paintings by him titled Nocturnes, which presented night-time scenes along the Thames. Whistler wanted his paintings to be interpreted as objects of pure beauty, without narrative or anecdotal content.

August 2004

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