Old Gateway, Charterhouse
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;
Signed in graphite, verso, W Capon /
Charterhouse / old Gateway / £25
Spooner, William (Mr and Mrs); bequest; 1967
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.
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