T04368 Two Rustic Figures c.1817
Reddish-brown watercolour on wove paper 133 × 111 (5 1/4 × 4 3/8)
Inscribed in brown ink at lower left of image ‘Sir Martin Archer Shee - | .delint.’, and on the back ‘From my Friend Mr. Shee. 18 Feb. 1817 | W.H. Harriott’
Presented by Miss Marjorie Ball 1986
Prov: Presented by the artist to W.H. Harriott 1817; ...; Miss Marjorie Ball
Stylistically this drawing presents a rather anachronistic appearance, recalling the sentimental book illustration of the previous century. The subject, involving two picturesque rustic figures, has not been identified, and without the inscription, would not be readily recognisable as the work of Shee. It was perhaps drawn as a contribution to a commonplace book or ‘Remembrancer’ of the kind then popular among cultivated circles. Nothing is known of the recipient, W.H. Harriott.
Tate Gallery: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions 1986-88, London 1996