Hamilton Macallum A Capri Boy 1883

Artwork details

Artist
Hamilton Macallum 1841–1896
Title
A Capri Boy
Date 1883
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 343 x 445 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by E. Homan 1897
Reference
N01715
Not on display

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In this painting a young boy sits on the edge of a rock, trying to catch fish in the clear waters off the South Italian island of Capri. His occupation is secondary to the pleasure of the sun reflecting off the water and onto his skin. Macallum paints a timeless ideal, yet the boy’s youth, like the sunlight, will quickly fade.

Despite the painting’s title, Macallum probably worked on Capri Boy around the Scottish islands. He spent many months of the year here on board his yacht, painting studies of the effects of light and luminosity on the coastal landscape.

September 2004

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