Beaumaris Mount, near Bangor, Wales

William Collingwood British

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This moody nocturne centers on Beaumaris, a coastal town on the Welsh island of Anglesey. A scraped point of light on the shore, reflected in the sea, brings into resolution the washy layers applied to evoke water, land, and sky. A flare shooting into the darkness, created with white gouache, adds a further note of punctuation. Collingwood was twenty-four in 1843 when he painted this sheet, using techniques learned from the landscape painters James Duffield Harding and Samuel Prout. His choice of subject pays tribute to J. M. W. Turner’s famous series of watercolors devoted to British harbors and coasts.

Beaumaris Mount, near Bangor, Wales, William Collingwood (British, Greenwich 1819–1903 Bristol), Watercolor and gouache (bodycolor)

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