Henry Gyles Stonehenge date not known

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Artist
Henry Gyles c.1640–1709
Title
Stonehenge
Date Date not known
Medium Chalk on paper
Dimensions Support: 84 x 217 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Reference
T08901
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This early drawing of Stonehenge demonstrates the versatility of red chalk. Because of its natural hardness, red chalk was often used for creating fine and uniform lines, such as those in the shadows in the lower right foreground. However, the parallel lines of the outlines and shadows within the stones are darker, denser and softer around the edges. This suggests that Gyles wetted the chalk prior to application. The more solid shading within the stones was probably achieved by applying a wet brush over the chalk.

August 2004

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