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Old Gateway, Charterhouse
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Old Gateway, Charterhouse

Circa 1816

William Capon (1757-1827)

Graphite, watercolour, ink (black and brown washes), bodycolour (grey, green, blue), pen and ink (brown and blue) on paper (off-white wove)

Height: 34.3 cm; Width: 25.0 cm;

Inscription
Signed in graphite, verso, W Capon / Charterhouse / old Gateway / £25

Acquisition
Spooner, William (Mr and Mrs); bequest; 1967
D.1967.WS.12

About this work
Trained as an architect and scene painter, William Capon’s antiquarian knowledge and skill as an architectural draughtsman enabled him to produce historically accurate, if somewhat old-fashioned topographical views. By Capon’s time the Charterhouse, a Carthusian priory founded near Smithfield in 1371, was both a school and a hospital for pensioners. The arched medieval gateway and figures here take centre stage, but it is the immaculately rendered brickwork and blue-fenced tree that capture the attention. (Permanent collection label)



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