Clarkson Frederick Stanfield Lake Como 1825

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Artist
Title
Lake Como
Date 1825
Medium Oil paint on oak
Dimensions Support: 470 x 768 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Robert Vernon 1847
Reference
N00406
Not on display

Display caption

In the early nineteenth century many artists like Stanfield and Callcott turned to the lakes of northern Italy for the subject-matter of topographical pictures that were often engraved in volumes of 'Picturesque Tours' for consumption by a largely middle-class market. Their new, bourgeois realism is wedded to the older, idealising vision of Italy to produce works that are both serene and immediate - a tourist's view of landscape seen through layers of pictorial and cultural tradition.

August 2004

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