Pegwell Bay by William Dyce

Dyce was born in Aberdeen but worked mainly in London and southeast England.

Details

Medium:
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions:
24.4 x 34.4 cm
Art Fund grant:
£10,000 ( Total: £86,800; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
1991
Vendor:
Thomas Agnew & Son

The watercolour, which portrays Pegwell Bay, near Ramsgate, is a preparatory study for the well known canvas of the same name (Tate). In both works Dyce compares the infinity of the sky with the rugged cliffs of the bay, testimonies to the vast geological change wrought by time. These are then contrasted with the fleeting and insignificant nature of human life, symbolized by the anonymous figures on the shore.

Provenance

Sir John Pender; bought Wallis in 1897, on behalf of Sir George Agnew. Thence by family descent.

Venue details

Aberdeen Art Gallery Schoolhill, ABERDEEN Aberdeenshire AB10 1FQ 01224 523700 www.aagm.co.uk

Entry details

Free to all

The gallery is closed until winter 2017

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