View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
Laporte was a drawing master and Dr Monro was one of his pupils. The similarity between these two artists is interesting: like Monro, Laporte has used the Indian ink stick as a drawing tool. The stick has been applied dry on a pre-dampened paper, as demonstrated by the variations in density of the lines in the trees, which change from thin velvety lines to thick dense blacks. Laporte has almost abraded the paper surface in applying the ink stick. The thin, diluted background washes appear to have been applied prior to the ink stick work.
Gallery label, August 2004