Edward Dayes, 1763–1804, British, Haweswater, Westmoreland, ca. 1795
- ca. 1795
- Watercolor and graphite on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper
- Sheet: 11 13/16 x 17 5/8 inches (30 x 44.7 cm)
Scratched signature, lower right: "Dayes"; not dated
- Credit Line:
- Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
- Copyright Status:
- Public Domain
- Accession Number:
- Drawings & Watercolors
- Prints and Drawings
- Subject Terms:
- boy | child | fields | fish | fisherman | fishing pole | genre subject | gesture | landscape | man | merchant | mountains | peasants | reservoir | rocks (landforms) | sailboat | trees | valley | woman
- Associated Places:
- Cumbria | England | Haweswater Reservoir | United Kingdom | Westmorland
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It is not known Edward Dayes toured the Lakes. He exhibited "A View on Keswick Lake, Cumberland" at the RA in 1791 and another view of Keswick in 1802, suggesting a visit to the region in the years just prior to the earlier date, and perhaps a second visit in the later 1790s or early 1800s. While all these artists' tours must be seen in the context of picturesque touring, changing popular conceptions of the Picturesque caused some artists, including Dayes, to object to the whole notion. In his Essays on Painting, published shortly after his death, Dayes maintained that the Picturesque should not apply to "objects 'rough and irregular,' or such as a deformed, aged, and ugly," and he railed against the taste for pictures "peopled with gypsies and vagabonds, dirty beggars, clothed with rags." In his view of Haweswater, the fisherman and the milkmaid in the foreground are fastidious in dress and elegant in manner.
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