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A Rocky Stream, Italy

Artist:
Samuel Woodforde (British, Castle Carey, Somerset 1764–1817 Bologna)
Artist:
Formerly attributed to John Downman (British, Ruabon, Wales 1750–1824 Wrexham, Wales)
Date:
ca. 1786–91
Medium:
Watercolor, pen and gray ink, over graphite
Dimensions:
sheet: 14 3/4 x 19 1/2 in. (37.4 x 49.5 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Jeffrey L. Berenson Gift, 2003
Accession Number:
2003.524
Not on view
In addition to landscapes, Woodforde painted portraits and histories, contributing, for example, to Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery and to Macklin's Bible. He worked in Italy from 1786 to 1791, based in Rome and spending time with his most important patron Sir Richard Colt Hoare, who built Stourhead. It was probably on an excursion into the Campagna that he came upon the scene depicted here. At the center of the sheet, a large rock stands beside a rushing stream, flanked by foliage and surmounted by a small suspension bridge. An Italianate tower rises in the distance. Crisp pen lines combine with ink wash and subtly touches of watercolor to articulate a range of textures in a drawing that is at once descriptive and expressive.
John Manning Gallery (London), in 1976 where purchased by following; John Byng Kenrick (British, 1911–2002), sold by his estate at the following; Sale, Christie's, London, June 5, 2003, lot 82 (as attrib. John Downman); Vendor: Christie's, London
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," June 13, 2011–September 18, 2011.

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