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Classical landscape - illustration to Johnson's 'Rasselas'
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Classical landscape - illustration to Johnson's 'Rasselas'


Thomas de Thomon (1754?-1813)

Height: 20.1 cm; Width: 24.4 cm;

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

About this work
The ostensible subject of this drawing, not securely identified, is a dramatic episode of classical inspiration. An extraordinary group of trees, whose serpentine branches seem to twist and writhe as if animated, dominates the composition. The use of tight zigzag lines to indicate a willow’s drooping branches is characteristic of Thomas de Thomon’s drawings. An architect, painter and theorist, he once wrote that ‘trees are the most difficult part of a landscape, just as they are its greatest ornament’. (Permanent collection label)

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

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