T04938 I 1986
Painting ink and pencil on paper 470 × 1005 (18 1/2 × 39 1/2)
Inscribed ‘B. Marden 1986 I’ b.r.
Purchased from Anthony d'Offay Gallery (Grant-in-Aid) 1987
Exh: Works on Paper, Anthony d'Offay Gallery, May 1987 (32); Original Eyes: Progressive Vision in British Watercolour 1750–1850, Tate Gallery Liverpool, May–Aug. 1991 (no number)
Lit: Tate Gallery Report 1986–88, 1988, p.89 repr. (col.); David Blayney Brown, Original Eyes: Progressive Vision in British Watercolour 1750–1850, exh. cat., Tate Gallery Liverpool 1991, p.32, repr. p.35
The image consists of a vertically-orientated, green rectangle placed centrally within a wide sheet of paper. The top edge of the rectangle elides with the top edge of the paper but there is a small margin between the bottom edge of the rectangle and the lower edge of the paper. The rectangle is subdivided into four further rectangles, three of a vertical format and one horizontal. The subdivisions are made apparent both by pencil lines and variations in the green ink wash which has been applied to the image. The variations in the wash, achieved by wiping the paper after the ink has been applied, suggest the form of a T…