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