Edward Francis Burney

The Widower: Vignette

1819

Not on display

Artist
Edward Francis Burney 1760–1848
Medium
Graphite, chalk, ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 110 × 136 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Reference
T08729

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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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