The Bowder Stone, Borrowdale, Cumberland by Joseph Wright of Derby

The Bowder Stone is the local dialect name for Boulder Stone.

Details

Medium:
Watercolour over pencil on paper
Dimensions:
39 x 55 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,375 ( Total: £5,500)
Acquired in:
1992
Vendor:
Sotheby's

It is a huge rock which fell from neighbouring towering crags at the entrance to Borrowdale. Wright's subject exemplifies the Picturesque, which in the 18th century was a new kind of Beauty midway between Edmund Burke's Sublime and Beautiful. A certain roughness, irregularity and aesthetic deformity were required for a scene to be deemed Picturesque.

Provenance

Dudley Snelgrove.

Venue details

Abbot Hall Art Gallery Abbot Hall, KENDAL Cumbria LA9 5AL 01539 722464 www.abbothall.org.uk

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