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Creator:
François Louis Thomas Francia, 1772–1839
Title:

Windmill on a Knoll in a Landscape

Date:
undated
Medium:
Watercolor and gouache on moderately thick, moderately textured, cream wove paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 11 3/4 × 8 1/2 inches (29.8 × 21.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1986.29.399
Classification:
Drawings & Watercolors
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
architectural subject | hill | stairs | windmill
Access:
Accessible by appointment in the Study Room [Request]
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:2040
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The Calais-born Louis Francia moved to England in 1790 to escape the French Revolution. In London he met the young Thomas Girtin, who was emerging as the most innovative watercolor painter in Britain, and together they founded "The Brothers," a small sketching group dedicated to painting historical and literary themes. Francia's windmill is neither historical nor literary, but it does allude to Rembrandt's painting The Mill, now in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. At the end of the eighteenth century Rembrandt's Mill was in a British collection and was one of the most celebrated paintings in the country. Invoking the Old Masters was one way in which watercolor was given a new dignity and prestige.

Gallery label for Great British Watercolors from the Paul Mellon Collection at the Yale Center for British Art (Yale Center for British Art, 2008-06-09 - 2008-08-17)

Great British Watercolors from the Paul Mellon Collection at the Yale Center for British Art (Yale Center for British Art, 2008-06-09 - 2008-08-17) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Great British Watercolors from the Paul Mellon Collection at the Yale Center for British Art (The State Hermitage Museum, 2007-10-23 - 2008-01-13) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Great British Watercolors from the Paul Mellon Collection at the Yale Center for British Art (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2007-07-11 - 2007-09-30) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Yale Center for British Art, Great British watercolors : from the Paul Mellon Collection, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2007, pp. 90-91, no. 38, ND1928 .Y35 2007 (LC)+ Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]


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