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Black Gang Chine, Isle of Wight

Oil Painting
ca. 1843 (painted)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Black Gang Chine is now a tourist attraction on the Isle of Wight. The chines are deep and narrow ravines cut into soft rock by streams descending steeply to the sea. They are numerous in the sea-cliffs of the Isle of Wight and the coast of Hampshire, and were much-admired geological features in the early 19th century. The ever-crumbling, steep, and sometimes sheer sides of the ravines framed a sublime and gloomy scene of an apparent chaos of mud, trees, vegetation and broken rocks, slowly sliding into the sea. The continual movement of the fertile soil and debris watered by the action of the stream encouraged a restless and luxuriant vegetation, much denser than in a field or forest, which gave an exotic quality to this feature of the English landscape. De Wint was most famous as a watercolourist, but here he shows his mastery of oil painting.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
oil on canvas
Brief Description
Oil painting, 'Black Gang Chine, Isle of Wight', Peter de Wint, ca. 1843
Physical Description
Oil painting
Dimensions
  • Estimate height: 61cm
  • Estimate width: 74cm
  • Frame dimensions height: 82cm
  • Frame dimensions width: 95.7cm
  • Frame dimensions depth: 7cm
Dimensions taken from Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990
Style
Gallery Label
30. Peter De Wint (1784-1849) Black Gang Chine, Isle of Wight Oil on canvas, 61 x 74 cm (29¼ x 41 ins) The chines are deep and narrow ravines cut in soft rock by streams descending steeply to the sea. They are numerous in the sea-cliffs of the Isle of Wight and the coast of Hampshire and were much-admired geological features in the early 19th century. The ever-crumbling, steep, and sometimes sheer sides of the ravines framed a sublime and gloomy scene of an apparent chaos of mud, trees, vegetation and broken rocks, sliding into the dissolving sea. The continual movement of the fertile soil and debris watered by the action of the stream encouraged a restless and luxuriant vegetation, much denser than in a field or forest, which gave an exotic quality to this feature of the English landscape. De Wint was most famous as a watercolourist, but here he shows his mastery of oil painting. Bequeathed by Joshua Dixon, 1886 (1036-1886) P.70(2002)
Credit line
Bequeathed by Joshua Dixon
Object history
Bequeathed by Joshua Dixon, 1886
Subjects depicted
Place Depicted
Summary
Black Gang Chine is now a tourist attraction on the Isle of Wight. The chines are deep and narrow ravines cut into soft rock by streams descending steeply to the sea. They are numerous in the sea-cliffs of the Isle of Wight and the coast of Hampshire, and were much-admired geological features in the early 19th century. The ever-crumbling, steep, and sometimes sheer sides of the ravines framed a sublime and gloomy scene of an apparent chaos of mud, trees, vegetation and broken rocks, slowly sliding into the sea. The continual movement of the fertile soil and debris watered by the action of the stream encouraged a restless and luxuriant vegetation, much denser than in a field or forest, which gave an exotic quality to this feature of the English landscape. De Wint was most famous as a watercolourist, but here he shows his mastery of oil painting.
Bibliographic References
  • Parkinson, R., Victoria and Albert Museum, Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 70
  • Evans, Mark et al. Vikutoria & Arubāto Bijutsukan-zō : eikoku romanshugi kaigaten = The Romantic tradition in British painting, 1800-1950 : masterpieces from the Victoria and Albert Museum. Japan : Brain Trust, 2002
Collection
Accession Number
1036-1886

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record createdApril 24, 2003
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