George Richmond
A Field near Margate 1850

Artwork details

George Richmond 1809–1896
A Field near Margate
Date 1850
Medium Watercolour and gouache on paper
Dimensions Support: 180 x 264 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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Although a highly successful portrait painter, Richmond drew and painted landscapes throughout his career. Often, though not always, such landscapes looked back to the intensely spiritual view of landscape which Richmond shared in common with Samuel Palmer when he was one of the Ancients. This work can be associated with Richmond's holiday near Margate, Kent in the late summer of 1850 when the artist's infant daughter died from whooping cough. The watercolour has faded but the bare earth, the wind-bent trees and the corn-stacks in the foreground showing that the harvest has been gathered, create a sombre mood which might be attributable to this event.

September 2004