View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
- John `Warwick’ Smith 1749–1831
- Part of
- Album of Views in Italy
- Graphite and watercolour on paper
- Support: 182 x 277 mm
- Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Technique and condition
The image is painted in watercolour applied over a pencil under-drawing with highlights in thick white gouache, on a thick wove 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 are contemporary with the work. Uneven sizing, or a breakdown in the size may have caused the slight 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.