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York Minster from the River Foss above Monk Bridge
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York Minster from the River Foss above Monk Bridge

Circa 1790

Francis Nicholson (1753 - 1844)

Formerly attributed to Nicholas Pocock (1741 - 1821)

Height: 30.0 cm; Width: 42.2 cm;

Collector's mark

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

About this work
Born in Yorkshire, Francis Nicholson was a fashionable drawing master and founder member of the Society of Painters in Watercolours. In The Practice of Drawing and Painting Landscapes from Nature, in Watercolours (1820), he recommends studying the works of classical Italianate painters, especially Claude Lorraine. Here he uses the Claudian convention of painting a dark foreground, light middle ground and paler horizon, and placing trees at either side to frame the distant view of the Minster. (Permanent collection label)

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

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