Aldeburgh from Thorpeness

Aldeburgh from Thorpeness

Martin Hardie, best remembered as a groundbreaking Keeper of the V&A's Prints department, was also a respected watercolourist who contributed works to the Recording Britain project. This view of Aldeburgh from the nineteenth-century model town of Thorpeness is deliberately unpicturesque, making no reference to the beaches and seaside architecture for which both towns were known. The low horizon line, muted palette, and flat coastal landscape recall the 'tonal' school seventeenth-century Dutch landscape.