John Martin (British, 1789-1854)
Watercolor, gouache and gum arabic with graphite underdrawing, sanding, and scraping, Sheet: 26.6 x 67.5 cm (10 1/2 x 26 9/16 in.). Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1997.138
Panoramic landscapes in watercolor became an important source of income during Martin’s late career. This watercolor demonstrates his ability to convey monumentality on a small scale and to combine broad washes of color with meticulous detail. The sweeping vista in this drawing describes the fertile valley of the River Tyne, known for its forests, flora, and fauna. Curving arcs of slopes and plains swirl around the composition. A tiny couple and dog rush through the vast landscape beneath ominous storm clouds.
London 1975c, no. 43; London 1997, no. 15.The Cleveland Museum of Art (8/27/00 - 10/17/00); NY, NY: The Pierpont Morgan Library (5/24/01- 8/19/01); Museum of Fine Arts Houston (10/14/01 - 1/6/02); "Master Drawings from The Cleveland Museum of Art", exh. cat. no. 78, pp.190-191; p.294Lemonedes, Heather. British Drawings: The Cleveland Museum of Art. Published on the occasion of the exhibition "British Drawings from the Cleveland Museum of Art" shown 10 Feb to 26 May 2013 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. London: D Giles Limited, 2013. Cat 19b, pg 60-3.The Cleveland Museum of Art (02/10/2013 - 05/26/2013); "British Drawings from the Cleveland Museum of Art"
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