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Watercolour - Richmond Park
  • Richmond Park
    Martin, John, born 1789 - died 1854
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Richmond Park

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    1843 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Martin, John, born 1789 - died 1854 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Ellison Gift

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Watercolour landscape view of Richmond Park.

Place of Origin

Britain (painted)


1843 (painted)


Martin, John, born 1789 - died 1854 (artist)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 11 in, Width: 27.875 in

Object history note

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’.

Descriptive line

Watercolour by John Martin (1789-1854) depicting Richmond Park. Great Britain, 1843.

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.

Labels and date

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]


Paper; Watercolour


Drawing; Painting

Subjects depicted

Landscapes; Parks


Drawings; Paintings; Landscapes


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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