John Laporte

A Lake and Distant Hills beyond Trees

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
John Laporte 1761–1839
Chalk and watercolour on paper
Support: 113 × 195 mm
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996

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Laporte was a drawing master and Dr Monro was one of his pupils. The similarity between these two artists is interesting: like Monro, Laporte has used the Indian ink stick as a drawing tool. The stick has been applied dry on a pre-dampened paper, as demonstrated by the variations in density of the lines in the trees, which change from thin velvety lines to thick dense blacks. Laporte has almost abraded the paper surface in applying the ink stick. The thin, diluted background washes appear to have been applied prior to the ink stick work.

Gallery label, August 2004

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