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Undercliff, Isle of Wight: 747

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Undercliff, Isle of Wight


Draughtsman: De Wint, Peter




History note: Possibly sold Christie's, 12-27 April 1915, lot 627 (bought Hertz £11.11.0d), given by Sir W.H. Lever; bought in aid of Red Cross

Measurements and weight

Height: 138 mm
Width: 219 mm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1919-01) by Murray, Charles Fairfax


This is a drawing for the engraving in W.B. Cooke's 'Picturesque delineation of the South coast of England', 1849. De wint was one of several artists, including Turner, commissioned to produce drawings for Cooke's book. Six of his were engraved. The print made from this watercolour was published in 1814. Cooke comments on this view: 'The View by De Wint represents, with great felicity, the peculiar characteristics of the scenery. It was taken about midway (along the shore) near the pretty cottage residence of Mrs Arnold, known as Mirables, the plantations of which, with its terrace gardens, reach almost to the shore.' The majority of De Wint's drawings for engraving were executed in brown wash (cf. PD.6, 7-1977). The handling and colouring here show Varley's influence - he gave De Wint lessons in 1806.

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Materials used in production

Gum arabic

Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Watercolour : Watercolour with gum Arabic, with highlights scratched in, on paper

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 747
Primary reference Number: 14448
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 22 December 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 8 November 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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