William Taverner
From Camberwell ?c.1750–65

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William Taverner 1700–1772
From Camberwell
Date ?c.1750–65
Medium Watercolour, gouache and graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 200 x 319 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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William Taverner holds a special place in the history of British drawing, being remembered today as 'our first regular and systematic painter of free landscape in watercolour'.
In addition to imaginary, Italianate landscapes (no.7), he also painted more informal views of the English countryside. This example has a breadth and a freedom of execution which, together with its naturalistic palette, suggests that it may well have been painted on the spot. There are few precedents in British watercolour for such unadorned transcripts of nature as this study.

September 2004