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Artist
George Fennel Robson 1788–1833
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 146 x 183 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Reference
T09191

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This work has also been attributed to Robert Hills, who collaborated with artists such as Robson, supplying foreground animals to their landscapes. This work is particularly interesting for its looseness and calligraphic quality. The artist has sketched the chickens with a well-loaded brush. The ink is rich, black and shiny in areas, which contrasts with the white of the paper. This is both accentuated and complemented by the dry brush-work which has been worked over the sheet loosely to suggest the surrounding landscape.

Gallery label, August 2004

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