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Watercolour - Richmond Park

Richmond Park

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Martin, born 1789 - died 1854 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Richard Ellison

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room WS, case R, shelf 22, box L

Physical description

Watercolour of a wooded area in Richmond Park.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)


1850 (made)


John Martin, born 1789 - died 1854 (artist)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 50 cm framed, Width: 80 cm framed

Descriptive line

Watercolour, 'Richmond Park', by John Martin, 1850

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Vikutoria & Arub?to Bijutsukan-z? : eikoku romanshugi kaigaten = The Romantic tradition in British painting, 1800-1950 : masterpieces from the Victoria and Albert Museum / selected by Mark Evans [Japan : Brain Trust], 2002. 185 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 30 cm.
Martin Myrone, ed. John Martin. Apocalypse London: Tate Publishing, 2011. ISBN: 978-1-85437-889-7.
Anne Anderson, Tim Craven, Della Hooke. Steve Marshall, Ian Massey, Under the Greenwood. Picturing the British tree from Constable to Kurt Jackson ISBN: 9781908326300
p. 24

Labels and date

47. John Martin (1789-1854)
Richmond Park 1850
Watercolour on paper, 29.6 x 59.4 cm (11 ? x 23 ? ins)

Here Martin has depicted the middle of the ancient wood, with a magnificent oak tree in the centre of a glade dominating the composition. The massive tree, a landmark and a favourite place of resort, was so huge that a wooden bench for visitors was constructed around its huge trunk. In the centre of the picture, in a bright splash of colour, contrasting with the dappled shade of the trees, a family is walking, enjoying the pleasures of the deer forest. The Park was enclosed as a hunting park by King Charles I in 1637, and it still contains herds of fallow and red deer, but hunting them ceased long ago.

Given by Mrs Ellison, 1873 (1035-1873) [2002]

Subjects depicted



Paintings; Landscapes


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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