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Circa 1860

Edward Thompson Davis (1833 - 1867)

Width: 17.2 cm; Height: 24.5 cm;

Collector's mark
Inscription, height of Elms equal h from top of chimney to lower edge of shed. / "Boy in this position, the same. / hedge curving round into shade - the dead parts + thin - purply / the tree by broken rail - trunk partially shewn, its thin foliage a
Inscription, xx / by Edward Davis (1833-67) //
Inscription, HJLW
Inscription, 2 hours
Inscription, EDavis

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Spooner, Mary (Mrs); gift; 1980

About this work
The purpose of this drawing, with its meticulous observations, is unclear. Most of Davis’s work consists of genre paintings rather than landscape and it seems unlikely that it was intended as a preparatory sketch. The notes, apparently written after he had left the scene, are almost obsessive in their detail and seem to suggest an artist intent on an exercise in drawing, either for pure enjoyment or to train his powers of observation. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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