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Richmond Park

1843 (painted)
Place Of Origin

Watercolour landscape view of Richmond Park.

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Brief Description
Watercolour by John Martin (1789-1854) depicting Richmond Park. Great Britain, 1843.
Physical Description
Watercolour landscape view of Richmond Park.
  • Height: 11in
  • Width: 27.875in
Dimensions taken from departmental notes
Gallery Label
31. John Martin (1789-1854) Richmond Park 1843 Watercolour on paper, 28 x 70.8 cm (11 x 27 ? ins) Martin drew in Richmond Park, an historic royal deer park by the Thames, to the west of London, on at least four occasions in the 1840s. Here he shows a vista looking down a valley winding through the ancient trees, and to one side of this vale, a gentleman reclining with his book beside him, contemplating the beauties of Nature. It is possible that the artist intended a series of engravings after his work at Richmond, but only a few were published. Although this type of picture was a favourite theme of 19th century watercolour artists, Martin's idiosyncratic treatment of the trees gives them a distinctive and an almost visionary quality. Given by Mrs Ellison, 1860 (FA 535)(2002)
Credit line
Ellison Gift
Object history
Richard Ellison’s collection of 100 British watercolours was given by his widow in 1860 and 1873 ‘to promote the foundation of the National Collection of Water Colour Paintings’.
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Bibliographic References
  • 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
  • Martin Myrone, ed. John Martin. Apocalypse London: Tate Publishing, 2011. ISBN: 978-1-85437-889-7.
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record createdApril 24, 2003
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