John Inigo Richards

Ivy Bridge, Devon

1768

Artist
John Inigo Richards 1731–1810
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 406 x 498 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Mrs M. Bernard 1967
Reference
T00925

On loan to: Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery (Exeter, UK)

Exhibition: Wild and Wondrous Region: Dartmoor and the artistic imagination, 1755-1920

Display caption

This charming landscape shows the old gothic bridge over the river Erme, near Plymouth in Devon. It was clearly a favourite subject with Richards for he painted it on several occasions, both in oil and watercolour. Richards could be said to have anticipated its appeal as a picturesque subject, for the rustic Ivy Bridge was later painted by numerous artists, including Paul Sandby and J.M.W. Turner.
Richards was a painter of theatrical scenery as well as of topographical views such as this. He was a founder member, and later Secretary, of the Royal Academy and was the god-son of William Hogarth with whom he occasionally collaborated.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

John Inigo Richards 1720–1810

T00925 Ivy Bridge, Devon 1768

Inscribed ‘J Richards 1768’ on tree-trunk b.l.
Canvas, painted surface 16 x 19¿ (40.5 x 50) on stretcher 16¿ x 20¿ (42.75 x 51.25).
Presented by Mrs M Bernard 1967.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1967–1968, London 1968.

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