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Somerset House from the Thames
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Somerset House from the Thames


Edward Dayes (1763 - 1804)

Graphite, pen and ink, watercolour, bodycolour on paper

Height: 49.2 cm; Width: 64.15 cm;

Signed & dated & pen and ink, lower left, monogram, EDayes 1788
Signed & titled & pen and ink, backing sheet, monogram, Somerset House London 1788/ EDayes

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Spooner, William (Mr and Mrs); bequest; 1967

About this work
A keen admirer of Canaletto’s architectural views, Edward Dayes employed his sound knowledge of geometry, chemistry and optics to create highly finished watercolours. His idea of ‘counterpoise’—the use of linear opposites, warm and cool colours to convey opposing emotions—is aptly demonstrated here in the contrast between the carefully ruled stonework of buildings and the undulating contours of waves and clouds. On the far left, Dayes shows the still incomplete south block of Somerset House before the construction of Victoria Embankment. (Permanent collection label)

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

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