Thomas Hearne

Derwentwater

c.1777–8

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Medium
Watercolour and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 206 x 305 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Art Fund (Herbert Powell Bequest) 1967
Reference
T00999

Display caption

Derwentwater is in the Lake District in Cumbria. The area’s vast and unspoiled landscapes were only beginning to be explored by tourists, artists and poets at the time Hearne made this watercolour.

Hearne, born thirty-one years before Turner, was a member of the older generation of watercolour artists. His work was rooted in the traditions of topography – the careful study of particular places and buildings – but he adapted those conventions to the more ‘romantic’ leanings of modern taste.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

Thomas Hearne 1744–1817

T00999 Derwentwater

Inscribed ‘Hearne’, b.c.
Watercolour, 8¿ x 12 (20.6 x 30.5).
Presented by the National Art-Collections Fund from the Herbert Powell Bequest 1967.
Coll: Herbert Powell, entrusted to the N.A.-C.F. 1929.
Exh: see Atkins T00964.

The back of the mount is inscribed ‘Derwentwater, from Brandclaw Wood : looking towards Borrowdale’.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1967–1968, London 1968.

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