Thomas StothardA Scene on the Medway c.1780-1

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Artist
Thomas Stothard (1755‑1834)
Title
A Scene on the Medway
Date c.1780-1
MediumEtching on paper
Dimensionsimage: 169 x 214 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1996
Reference
T07042
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Blake was friendly with Thomas Stothard when he was a student at the Royal Academy. According to Stothard’s biographer, in about late 1780 Blake, Stothard and another friend went on a sketching trip on the river Medway. This led to Blake’s first experience of one effect of war: all three were arrested as spies for the French.

This etching shows the improvised camp that was made while they were detained. A successful appeal to Royal Academicians for character references ensured their release.

July 2008

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