Watercolor and gouache with scratch-away technique to create highlights on sturdy-weight wove paper
Support: Sturdy-weight, moderately textured, wove paper
Sheet: 33.8 x 26 cm (13 5/16 x 10 1/4 in.); Secondary Support: 39 x 32.4 cm (15 3/8 x 12 3/4 in.)
Gift in memory of Helen Borowitz 2013.240
The older brother of John Everett Millais, William Henry was closely associated with the founding members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Following his brother’s encouragement, William sketched extensively from nature in the early 1850s. Here, he painted a sequestered landscape of rough-hewn steps ascending a shady slope. A smattering of light pierces a dense canopy of trees, allowing little to flourish except for the foxgloves that adorn the foreground. Ivy growing on the hillside, a decaying stump, and moss-covered steps suggest the passage of time.
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