John Frederick Lewis
Sheet from a Sketchbook Used in Spain date not known

Artwork details

Sheet from a Sketchbook Used in Spain
Date Date not known
Medium Graphite and gouache on paper
Dimensions Support: 103 x 137 mm
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
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These two sketches consist mainly of lines drawn with a soft graphite pencil. The buildings have then been heightened with white gouache applied with a brush. To the naked eye, the white pigments look the same. However, ultraviolet examination revealed that Lewis used zinc white for the upper sketch and lead white for the other. At this time, zinc white was not commercially available to artists (Winsor & Newton introduced it in 1834), which shows Lewis's interest in experimenting with new materials. It is also interesting that Lewis used both white pigments within the same sketchbook.

September 2004

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