Thomas Stothard

A Scene on the Medway

c.1780–1

Not on display

Artist
Thomas Stothard 1755–1834
Medium
Etching on paper
Dimensions
Image: 169 × 214 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1996
Reference
T07042

Display caption

In late 1780 Blake took a sketching trip to the River Medway, south east of London. He went with fellow Academy student Thomas Stothard and another friend. There were major military facilities nearby. With Britain at war with America and France, the students were suspected of being spies and briefly arrested. They got off when they made it clear they were art students. Stothard produced this print commemorating the event.

Gallery label, October 2019

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