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Oil painting - Black Gang Chine, Isle of Wight
  • Black Gang Chine, Isle of Wight
    Peter de Wint, born 1784 - died 1849
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Black Gang Chine, Isle of Wight

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Black Gang Chine (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1843 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Peter de Wint, born 1784 - died 1849 (painter)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Joshua Dixon

  • Museum number:

    1036-1886

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

Physical description

Oil painting

Place of Origin

Black Gang Chine (painted)

Date

ca. 1843 (painted)

Artist/maker

Peter de Wint, born 1784 - died 1849 (painter)

Materials and Techniques

oil on canvas

Dimensions

Height: 61 cm estimate, Width: 74 cm estimate, Height: 82 cm frame dimensions, Width: 95.7 cm frame dimensions, Depth: 7 cm frame dimensions

Object history note

Bequeathed by Joshua Dixon, 1886

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'Black Gang Chine, Isle of Wight', Peter de Wint, ca. 1843

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

Parkinson, R., Victoria and Albert Museum, Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 70
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.

Labels and date

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]

Materials

Oil paint; Canvas

Techniques

Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Waterfalls; Landscape; Rainbow

Categories

Paintings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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