John Scarlett Davis

The Church of St Michael, Munich; the Interior

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

John Scarlett Davis 1804–1845
Graphite and ink on paper
Support: 260 x 411 mm
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996

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This architectural sketch demonstrates the wide variety of effects that can be achieved by using different dilutions of the same ink. Davis has used these tones to give great depth to the interior. They range from the dark, nearly dry ink used for the shadows to the highly diluted wash in the central arch. He has left areas of the paper unpainted to allow its off-white colour to provide dramatic highlights. Graphite pencil lines have been drawn over the ink lines in places to add further detail.

Gallery label, August 2004

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