George Robert Lewis

Amsterdam

1819

Not on display

Artist
George Robert Lewis 1782–1871
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 115 x 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Reference
T09517

Display caption

The focus of this drawing is on the people of Amsterdam. They are shown crowding the streets, chatting with one another, shopping, or stopping for refreshments. Lewis uses broader washes of watercolour and contrasts in light and shade to add a sense of energy and movement. The drawing is signed and dated 1819. This suggests that it may have been made while Lewis was touring mainland Europe with TF Dibdin.

Gallery label, October 2019

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