Nicholas Pocock

Cowes from the Sound

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Nicholas Pocock 1741–1821
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Support: 181 × 265 mm
support, secondary: 351 × 524 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 a pencil underdrawing on cream laid paper. The work scene is in good condition although slightly distorted owing to poor adhesion onto its secondary support. It has suffered some abrasion around the edges leading to a loss of watercolour pigment. The secondary support has suffered damage in the form of tears, losses and creases due to poor handling.

On acquisition the primary support was removed from its secondary support and old adhesives removed. The surface was dry-cleaned and the tears and creases repaired, prior to being pressed. The work was hinged back onto the secondary support and then mounted onto white museum board.

Lisa Psarianos
January 1998

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