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Thomas Hearne, 1744–1817, British
View from Skiddaw over Derwentwater
between 1772 and 1782
Watercolor and graphite on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper mounted on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream laid paper
Mount: 10 3/4 x 12 3/4 inches (27.3 x 32.4 cm) and Sheet: 7 1/4 x 10 5/8 inches (18.4 x 27 cm)

Signed in pen and black ink, lower left: "Hearne"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
fells | geology | hills | lake | landscape | mountains | national park | path | river | road | rocks (landforms) | rural | science | sheep | valley
Associated Places:
Cumbria | Derwentwater | England | Europe | Skiddaw | United Kingdom
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Curatorial Comment:
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Thomas Hearne visited the Lake District in 1777 and again in 1778 as part of longer tours of the north of England and Scotland on which he accompanied Sir George Beaumont. Hearne's extraordinary view of Derentwater, the "most generally admired" of the Lakes according to Gilpin, emphasizes its austere beauty, capturing what an "ingenious person" quoted by Gilpin described as "Beauty lying in the lap of Horrour."
--Scott Wilcox,2001-05
Exhibition History:
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English Landscape (Paul Mellon Collection) 1630-1850 (Yale Center for British Art, 1977-04-19 - 1977-07-17)

William Wordsworth and the Age of English Romanticism (New York Public Library, 1987-10 - 1988-01)

William Wordsworth and the Age of English Romanticism (Chicago Historical Society, 1988-04-06 - 1988-06-05)

William Wordsworth and the Age of English Romanticism (Indiana University Art Museum, 1988-01-27 - 1988-03-06)

Fairest Isle - The Appreciation of British Scenery 1750-1850 (Yale Center for British Art, 1989-04-12 - 1989-06-25)

The Line of Beauty : British Drawings and Watercolors of the Eighteenth Century (Yale Center for British Art, 2001-05-19 - 2001-08-05)

Paul Mellon's Legacy : A Passion for British Art (Yale Center for British Art, 2007-04-18 - 2007-07-29)

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Graham Reynolds, English Landscape 1630-1850, Apollo, vol.105, no. 182, April 1977, pp. 272-3, fig. 9, N1 A54 105:2 + (YCBA) Another copy of this article may be found in a separately bound and catalogued copy of this issue located on the Mellon Shelf [call number : N5220 M552 A7 1977 + (YCBA)]

British Art at Yale, Apollo, v.105, no. 182, April 1977, p. 272-3, fig. 9, N5220 M552 A7 1977 OVERSIZE (YCBA) Published as April 1977 issue of Apollo; all of the articles may also be found in bound Apollo Volume [N1 A54 105:2 +]

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