William Pars



In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
William Pars 1742–1782
Graphite, ink and watercolour on paper
Support: 268 × 476 mm
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996

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On 31 August, some two weeks after they had travelled along the River Ticino to Pollegio (see no.46), Pars and his patron Lord Palmerston reached Schaffhausen on the river Rhine. Palmerston showed a particular interest in the bridge, 'cover'd with a Gallery as many of the Swiss and German Bridges are', and described its construction in some detail in his journal. Pars has produced a faithful record of the bridge and town, dominated by the fort of the Munot in the distance. His watercolours are often enlivened with realistically observed figures. Here he shows one seated on the river bank rolling up his breeches, perhaps preparing to immerse his ankles in the river Rhine.

Gallery label, August 2004

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