Peter De Wint

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Peter De Wint
1784-1849
Lincoln from the Southeast
1816
Watercolor on paper.
4 1/8 x 11 1/8 inches (108 x 285 mm)
Gift of Charles Ryskamp in memory of Mrs. Otto Manley.
2004.29
Provenance: 
Dr. Thomas Monro; Mr. Tiffin; Rev. William Houldsworth; Andrew Wyld, London; Davis and Long, New York; Charles Ryskamp, New York.
Bibliography: 

Andrew Wyld, Peter de Wint, 1784-1849: Watercolours, Drawings and Oil Paintings, London, 1979, no. 17, repr.
Sketching at Home and Abroad: British Landscape Drawing, 1750-1992, no. 35; Brussels, Musée d'Ixelles, Gainsborough to Ruskin: British Landscape Drawings & Watercolors from the Morgan Library, New York, The Pierpont Morgan Library, 1994-95, no. 31, repr.
The World Observed: Five Centuries of Drawings from the Collection of Charles Ryskamp, New York, The Pierpont Morgan Library, 2001, no. 66, repr.

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Under John Varley's influence, de Wint worked en plein air, creating a sense of immediacy in his watercolors. His best work is often arranged horizontally on the sheet to allow him to paint sweeping panoramic views. This work can be securely dated, since it is from a book of sketches dated 1816 by the artist and depicts the area around Lincoln where he frequently spent his summers. Even on a relatively small sketchbook page, de Wint realized a sweeping view of Lincoln cathedral that encompasses a gentle pastoral landscape with grazing herds.

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Monro, Thomas, former owner.
Tiffin, former owner.
Houldsworth, William, Rev., former owner.
Wyld, Andrew, former owner.
Ryskamp, Charles, former owner.

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