Near Sorrento

John Brett

Near Sorrento
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 30cm x 22cm

Description

Brett was a master of judgement in mixing watercolour with bodycolour. He did not, so like many of his contemporaries, employ the opaque pigment solely for the obvious highlights, but used it also to model depth and shadow. In this, one of Brett's earliest coastal scenes, there are brilliant touches in the cliffs and the surface of the sea as well as the distant town and hills. He must have had phenomenal eyesight - an essential requisite for astronomy and geology, two of his passions besides painting - in addition to the most delicate touch.

Image Details

Artist
 
Dimensions
 
249mm x 334mm
Medium
 
Watercolour and bodycolour on paper.
Acquisition
 
Presented by Sir Richard Cooper, Bt., 1917.
Accession Number
 
1917P34

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