Thomas Stothard

Hafod

c.1810

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 209 x 164 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Reference
T10075

Display caption

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.

Gallery label, August 2004

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