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Isle of Arran, Early Morn

Artist:
Thomas Miles Richardson (British, Newcastle upon Tyne 1784–1848 Newcastle)
Date:
1830–39
Medium:
Watercolor with touches of gouache over graphite on wove paper
Dimensions:
7 3/16 x 13 1/2 in. (18.3 x 34.3 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Gift of Alexander B.V. Johnson and Roberta J.M. Olson, in memory of Laurie Vance and Edward Dudley Hume Johnson, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.751.1
Not on view
Richardson's interest in weather associated with specific times of day is demonstrated in this view of Arran, off Scotland's western coast. Cool horizontal overlays of blue and brown watercolor, supplemented with touches of white gouache, capture the appearance of Brodick Bay early in the day, as mist rises from the distant rocky peaks of Beinn Bhreac. A group of local fishermen rig their boat in the foreground, while a seabird skims the water nearby. In the distance, boats make use of an offshore breeze to set out in pursuit of the day's catch. When he made this drawing, Richardson was based in Newcastle, in the north of England, where he helped establish the city's first exhibiting Water-colour Society.
Inscription: Verso inscribed at top in black chalk with initials (obscured by tape from an old mounting).
Verso inscribed in graphite: "Isle of Arran early morn - [?] Richardson from my mother"
Verso inscribed: "21 x 15" and "N.22133A"
Verso inscribed in black ink, "D6-494" below David Gallery stamp

Marking: Verso stamped at lower right with eagle facing left and clutching six arrows (mark of Davis Galleries, 231 East 60th Street, New York)
Davis & Langdale Company; Alexander B. V. Johnson and Roberta J. M. Olson; Donor: Alexander B. V. Johnson and Roberta J. M. Olson
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," January 27, 2003–April 28, 2003.

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