Thomas Hearne



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Thomas Hearne 1744–1817
Watercolour on paper
Support: 302 × 403 mm
Presented by the Art Fund (Herbert Powell Bequest) 1967

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This watercolour shows the historic market town of Appleby in Cumbria. Hearne was in the area studying antiquities and the landscape with his aristocratic patron, Sir George Beaumont. Here, however, the medieval castle is just a background detail. The real subject of the design is the tranquillity of country life.

Although his cautious and careful style looked back to the older traditions of topographical draughtsmanship, Hearne was an important influence on the younger generation of landscape artists. Turner studied and copied his watercolours in the 1790s.

Gallery label, September 2004

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Catalogue entry

Thomas Hearne 1744–1817

T01000 Appleby 1778

Inscribed ‘Hearn[e]’ b.r., and ‘Appleby, 1778’ on back of mount.
Watercolour, 11¿ x 15¿ (30.2 x 40.5).
Presented by the National Art-Collections Fund from the Herbert Powell Bequest 1967.
Coll: Herbert Powell, entrusted to the N.A.-C.F. 1929.
Exh: see Atkins T964.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1967–1968, London 1968.

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