Thomas Stothard
Hafod c.1810

Artwork details

Thomas Stothard 1755–1834
Date c.1810
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 209 x 164 mm
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

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In this rapid sketch of a hillside in Wales, Stothard has taken full advantage of the versatility of a soft graphite pencil. The dark, wide lines in the lower half of the drawing have been achieved by exerting pressure on a pencil with a fairly dull point. The uppermost lines of the image are much finer, suggesting that Stothard used a sharper point applied with less pressure. The soft, even, grey shadow on the hills was created by smudging the graphite with a conically rolled piece of paper or cloth called a stump.

August 2004