John Varley

Suburbs of an Ancient City

1808

Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Frame: 776 x 1020 x 48 mm
support: 726 x 972 mm
image: 722 x 965 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Patrons of British Art through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1990
Reference
T05764

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This work by one of the founder members of the Old Watercolour Society is an outstanding example of the early nineteenth-century exhibition watercolour. On a large scale and with its grandiose, Poussinesque composition, classical buildings and monumental figures, it perfectly summarises the aspirations of heroic, classical and literary themes. It was purchased at the Society's fourth exhibition in 1808 by the distinguished patron, connoisseur and proponent of neo-classicism, Thomas Hope.

Gallery label, August 2004

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