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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1868,0328.334

  • Description

    Gateway of Montagu House, the old British Museum; view looking east long Great Russell Street, with the gateway of Montagu House at left, a coach coming along the road, a sedan chair on the left pavement, and children at a fruit-stall against the wall, other figures in the street. 1778 Watercolour, with pen and grey ink

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1778
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 155 millimetres
    • Width: 203 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Signed and dated: "MRooker delin 1778"
  • Curator's comments

    The following label text by Richard Stephens is from 2016, Jan-Aug, exh. BM, 'Light, Time, Legacy: Francis Towne's watercolours of Rome' (no catalogue) :
    This is a view of the entrance to the 17th century mansion that was the British Museum's home during Towne's lifetime. Rooker's work exemplifies an approach to landscape whose chief goal was to convey topographical facts rather than evoke a mood. Like most 18th century watercolourists, usually Rooker outlined the main features of a scene in ink and, before adding colours, used a base layer of grey wash to define lit and shaded areas.

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  • Bibliography

    • Binyon 1898-1907 2 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British Roy PIIIb)

  • Exhibition history

    1934 BM, P&D Gallery, Exhibition of English Art, no.313 1958 Apr, BM, Eight centuries of landscape ... water-colours, case 52 1972, Oct, BM, The Art of Drawing, no.308 1993/4 Oct-Jan, Birmingham Museum, 'Canaletto', no. 88
    2016, Jan-Aug, BM, 'Light, Time, Legacy: Francis Towne's watercolours of Rome' (no catalogue)

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  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1868

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1868,0328.334

Gateway of Montagu House, the old British Museum; view looking E along Great Russell Street, with the gateway of Montagu House at l, a coach coming along the road, a sedan chair on the l pavement, and children at a fruit-stall against the wall, other figu

Gateway of Montagu House, the old British Museum; view looking E along Great Russell Street, with the gateway of Montagu House at l, a coach coming along the road, a sedan chair on the l pavement, and children at a fruit-stall against the wall, other figu

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