John William Inchbold

Fairy Dell. A Man and a Dog in a Sunlit Clearing

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
John William Inchbold 1830–1888
Graphite, watercolour and gouache on paper
Support: 260 × 340 mm
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996

Technique and condition

The image is painted in watercolour with detail in gouache applied over a pencil underdrawing on cream wove paper. The work is in sound condition although it has suffered a small amount of abrasion and discolouration from its mount and from being backed on to a paper support with animal glue.

On acquisition the paper and adhesive remnants on the recto and the tape hinges remaining on the verso were removed. Residual adhesive on the verso was removed and the work pressed prior to being inlaid and mounted onto white museum board.

Shulla Jaques
November 1997

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