manner of Richard Parkes Bonington

A Historical Scene

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Manner of Richard Parkes Bonington 1802–1828
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Support: 136 × 105 mm
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996

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Dark purplish-brown washes have been dabbed over a sketchy graphite pencil underdrawing to create a suggestion of form. The colour of the ink suggests that the artist has used sepia, but it is difficult to be certain. Much of the paper around the figures has been left unpainted to suggest light and form. Broad layers of diluted wash have then been worked over and around the figures without allowing the underlying layers to dry between applications. In some areas the washes have not soaked into the paper, suggesting that a waxy substance was first applied underneath.

Gallery label, September 2004

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