John `Warwick' Smith 8. Near Sorento 1778–9

Artwork details

Artist
Title
8. Near Sorento
Date 1778–9
Medium Ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 171 x 273 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Reference
T08495
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Technique and condition

The image is painted in watercolour applied over a pencil underdrawing on heavy, laid paper, which is adhered to the original artist's ruled pasteboard mount. Imperfections in the pulp give the support a slightly uneven surface. Wrinkles noticeable on the recto, which may be due to a thinner paper being adhered to the paper before use, are contemporary with the work. A severely creased vertical strip towards the right hand edge is most likely to have been caused by the rope over which the full sized sheet of paper would have been hung to dry after being made. Uneven sizing, or a breakdown in the size may have caused the mottled effect of the watercolour. The work is in good condition.

On acquisition the work was removed from its four-ply window mount, and the white paper tape and residue adhesive removed. The recto margins of the artist's mount were gently surface cleaned. It was pressed before being re-hinged into a triple mount of white museum board.

Shulla Jaques
November 1997

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