King John’s Palace Eltham

King John’s Palace Eltham

King John’s Palace Eltham
Thomas Girtin (1775-1802)
Britain
Late 18th century
Graphite on cream wove paper
Width 27.4 cm x height 32.2 cm
Museum no. E.625-1953

A brilliant example of the rapid economy of the pencil‘s ability to suggest intricate detail and surface texture. Such pencil sketches frequently formed the structural underpinning of finished water-colours by the English School.