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Dunstanborough Castle, Northumberland; the castle on a mound seen from the sea, a boat in rough sea in the foreground, at right figures on the shore
Watercolour, touched with white
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Height: 220 millimetres
Width: 323 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Stainton 1985
Harding was chiefly important as a drawing master (the young Ruskin was one of his pupils) and as a lithographer, by which means he was able to popularise his method of landscape composition. He was also among the most frequent contributors to the 'Landscape Annual', one of the illustrated publications which sprang up as a result of the development in the 1820s of engraving on steel plates, a much harder material than copper, and one that enabled an economic number of impressions to be taken. These provided a new source of employment for water-colourists who specialised in topographical subjects.
'Dunstanborough Castle' reflects Harding's admiration for Turner's marine watercolours. He no doubt had in mind a series like 'The Ports of England', in particular the view of Dover from the sea of c.1825. Ruskin admired "the rich, lichenous, and changeful warmth, and delicate weathered greys of Harding s rock... the most fearless, firm, and unerring drawing, render his wild pieces of torrent shore the finest things, next to the work of Turner".
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- Exhibition history
1985, BM, British Landscape Watercolours 1600-1860, no.159
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- Acquisition notes
- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
Unknown before bequeathed to BM. UNDER THE TERMS OF THE BEQUEST, NONE OF THE PRINTS OR DRAWINGS BEQUEATHED BY R. W. LLOYD MAY BE LENT OUTSIDE THE BRITISH MUSEUM (Registration Numbers 1958,0712.318 to 3149).
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