Thomas Stothard

Bramble with Blackberries

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Artist
Thomas Stothard 1755–1834
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 96 x 325 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Reference
T09934

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Thomas Stothard made many illustrations and other images involving figures. However, this sensitive watercolour shows that he was also concerned to sketch from life. Stothard’s first biographer called him ‘an indefatigable student from nature’. He even went on walks with the young John Constable, during which both men sketched, and Stothard caught butterflies for his collection. Constable is said to have remarked that these walks were Stothard’s ‘chief relaxation… from the drudgery of working for the publishers’.

By contrast, Blake almost never drew from nature, and was rarely interested in producing landscapes or still-lives.

Gallery label, August 2004

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