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Moonlit landscape, with a witch and young dragons
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Moonlit landscape, with a witch and young dragons


Richard Doyle (1824-1883)

Watercolour, pen and ink (brown) over traces of graphite on paper

Height: 25.3 cm; Width: 45.6 cm;

Signed (with initials) & dated, recto & lower right, (monogram with R reversed), RD 1876

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952

About this work
Richard Doyle was one of the first artists to gain a reputation during the Victorian period as a painter and illustrator of fairy and fantasy subjects. In his later years he concentrated on producing watercolours for sale through London’s commercial galleries. In this example, a ghostly figure drives a flock of young dragons along the shore of a Scottish loch. The piercing white moon and Doyle’s favourite shades of blue are used to eerie effect. The composition is based on a wood-engraved illustration made after an earlier watercolour. (Permanent collection label)

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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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