Not on display
Little is known about this drawing, but the oval format suggests it was intended as a book illustration. The contemplative man seated by a tomb in the countryside can be associated with the poetic figure of the ‘man of feeling’. The delicate, decorative style of the drawing shows the influence of French rococo art in Britain, which was characterised by the use of curving natural forms. Although the signature on the drawing refers to Thomas Stothard, it has traditionally been attributed to Edward Francis Burney. Both artists were prolific book illustrators.
Gallery label, October 2019
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- gravestone / tomb(304)