The Valley of the Tyne, My Native Country near Henshaw

John Martin (British, 1789-1854)1842

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

Panoramic landscapes in watercolor became an important source of income during John Martin’s late career. This work demonstrates his ability to convey monumentality on a small scale and to combine broad washes of color with meticulous detail. The sweeping vista in this drawing describes the fertile valley of the River Tyne, known for its forests, flora, and fauna. Curving arcs of slopes and plains swirl around the composition. A tiny couple and dog rush through the vast landscape beneath ominous storm clouds.

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  • Title: The Valley of the Tyne, My Native Country near Henshaw
  • Creator: John Martin (British, 1789-1854)
  • Date Created: 1842
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet: 26.6 x 67.5 cm (10 1/2 x 26 9/16 in.)
  • Provenance: Henry [1854-1937] and Margaret [1854-1921] Hobhouse, Somerset, C. D. Hobhouse, (Spink-Leger Pictures, London, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH), Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1997.138
  • Medium: watercolor, gouache and gum arabic with graphite underdrawing, sanding, and scraping
  • Inscriptions: signed, lower right, in watercolor: J. Martin / 1842
  • Fun Fact: The setting of this watercolor is John Martin's native Northumberland, to which he was deeply attached and described having spent time there "exulting in the sublime grandeur of the surrounding beauties of nature."
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: England, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
  • Collection: DR - British
  • Accession Number: 1997.138

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