Thomas Gainsborough

Tintern Abbey

1782

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Artist
Thomas Gainsborough 1727–1788
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 186 x 230 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Reference
T08906

Technique and condition

Graphite sketch of Tintern Abbey on a laid paper. The support is very discoloured and stained with a dark brown stain down the right side, but in general the media is in good condition. The sketch has been executed with heavy lines of soft graphite applied with some pressure.

The interior of the ruined Abbey with a figure on the left is described in loose graphite stokes that are characteristic of the artist pencil sketching style.

Katharine Lockett
May 2002

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