Sir Robert Ker PorterAn Ancient Castle c.1799-1800

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Sir Robert Ker Porter (1777‑1842)
An Ancient Castle
Date c.1799-1800
MediumWatercolour and graphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 209 x 296 mm
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

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This work, with its air of fantasy and its grey watercolour washes, is immediately recognisable as a product of what is usually known as Girtin's Sketching Club or the Sketching Society. This first met in May 1799 in Porter's studio. At the meetings a literary quotation would be read out and the assembled artists would illustrate it. Ker Porter and his fellow artists, among them Thomas Girtin and Louis Francia, met with 'the purpose of establishing by practice a school of Historical Landscape'… (read more)

September 2004

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