Joseph Farington North-East View of Worcester Cathedral c.1789

Artwork details

Artist
Joseph Farington 1747–1821
Title
North-East View of Worcester Cathedral
Date c.1789
Medium Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 279 x 381 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Reference
T08449
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Joseph Farington is especially remembered today for his Diaries, which provide a remarkable insight into artistic life in London between 1793 and 1821. A pupil of the landscape painter Richard Wilson, Farington chose to specialise in topography. He was a prolific draughtsman and favoured an intricate drawing style derived from the Venetian artist Canaletto, characterised by short, broken pencil strokes resembling dots and dashes, visible here under the washes of colour. This sketchbook was almost certainly used by Farington on a tour to the West Midlands in 1789. In this study he has used ruled pencil lines to help him draw in correct prespective. The lines meet at a point on the right-hand pinnacle of the cathedral's east end.

September 2004