Eagle Crag and Gate Crag, Borrowdale, Cumberland

Thomas Miles Richardson Jnr1875

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia

Thomas Miles Richardson Jnr was drawn to the rugged landscape of England’s Lake District, which had long been an essential destination for artists in search of picturesque or sublime experience. This watercolour could almost serve as an illustration to picturesque theories popularised by the Rev William Gilpin in the late 18th century. Gilpin advocated the painterly possibilities of English scenery and gave great emphasis to the qualities of roughness, irregularity and sudden variation. Artists were urged to improve on nature’s shortcomings by adding features such as winding roads, wandering rustics and lightning-blasted trees.


  • Title: Eagle Crag and Gate Crag, Borrowdale, Cumberland
  • Creator: Thomas Miles Richardson Jnr
  • Date Created: 1875
  • Physical Dimensions: 55.5 x 86.0 cm image (sheet larger as wrapped around a wooden strainer); 82.5 x 111.0 x 7.5 cm frame
  • Provenance: Thomas Miles Richardson Jr, Purchased by the AGNSW from the artist 1875
  • Type: Watercolour
  • Rights: Commissioned 1875
  • External Link: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/1090/
  • Medium: watercolour, bodycolour over traces of pencil with scraping out
  • Signature & Date: Signed and dated l.r., "T M Richardson/ 1875".
  • Artist Country: England

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