Thomas Shotter Boys - inv. 3174

Titolo: 
View of a Gothic Church
Numero di Inventario: 
3174
Tipologia: 
paintings
Collezione: 

Painting

Classe iconografica: 
View
Parole chiave soggetto: 
gothic church
Motivo attribuzione: 
signature
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Thomas Shotter Boys (1803-1874)
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
England
United Kingdom
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Periodo: 
1800
Datazione specifica: 
19th century, first half
Libri correlati: 
Tipo di iscrizione: 
signature
Trascrizione o identificazione: 
"T.Boys"
Materia e Tecnica: 
ink and watercolour on paper
Data di Ingresso: 
1879
Acquisizione: 
Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest
Collocazione riservata: 
Deposito primo piano
Tipo di collocazione: 
deposit
Collocazione: 
not on display

Watercolour painting was very popular in England from the end of the 18th century. Among the most important interpreters were Thomas Girtin (1755–1802) and Joseph Mallord William Turner (1755–1851) who, in their landscapes and views, abandoned a purely descriptive approach in favour of a romantic interpretation of the scene.

An atmosphere of light and colour is characteristic of this new type of landscape which favoured views with ancient monuments, as revealed, for example, in Thomas Girtin’s Abbey of Thornton, Lincolnshire and Abbey of Lindisfarne.

This watercolour in the Museum shows a Gothic cathedral, probably in England, depicted from a low viewpoint which emphasises its majestic nature. The sketchy impressionist technique dissolves outlines in the luminous atmosphere and the overall monochrome colouring is accentuated by bright touches in the foreground figures, rendered in short quick strokes.

Thomas Shotter Boys was a close follower of Richard Parkes Bonington (1802–1828) who, among other exponents of the generation after Girtin and Turner, was one of the most original watercolour artists. Shotter Boys derived the use of ‘pure’ colour from him, without any drawn lines or outlines, resulting in an extremely modern speckled effect.

R.C.

 

AC/DC: 
DC