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Rev. William Gilpin, 1724–1804

Castle above a Lake with Distant Mountain under Stormy Sky

Materials & Techniques:
Gray wash with pen and brown ink and graphite on moderately thick, moderately textured, cream wove paper
Sheet: 5 7/8 x 9 7/16 inches (14.9 x 24 cm)

Inscribed on verso in pen and brown ink, lower left: "Sale 6 June 1804"; on accompanying sheet in pen and brown ink: "We suppose this to be one of [the] best visas, that can | be obtained of [the] highest mountain in [the] country, where | it stands. Its sides are covered with wood, [and] rock al- | most to its very summit, wh. rises in a cone. When [the] sun shines, all [the] parts of wh. [the] mountain consists, | recieve uncommon richness. __ The [...] of [the] mountan | extend far, [and] wide. on all sides. On [the] side next [the] eye, they | reach down to [the] road, where [the] 2 men are walking. | The high woody ground, on this side, may be supposed to | be an appendage of [the] mountain. The road winds far to the | right, round [the] bottom of [the] mountain; breaking out, here [and] | there, into various little paths, [and] openings on its [...], wh. [m...] | of course open great variety of beautiful visas, [and] passages."

Collector's mark: William Gilpin (Lugt 2622a)

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
castle | cattle | lake | meteorology | mountain | rain | ruins | science | storm | trees
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