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Collection of the Guild of St George, Museums Sheffield
Distant View of Avallon, France
Date Made/Found: 1886
Artist: Thomas Matthews Rooke , British, 1842 - 1942
Material and Medium: watercolour on paper
Dimensions: Support: 186 x 192mm Mount: 275 x 306mm
Department: Ruskin
Accession Number: CGSG00290
Rooke made this quick drawing in response to a commission from Ruskin, who asked him to draw Avallon’s church porches and ‘one or two things in neighbouring villages such as you can sketch in an afternoon and be done with.' Here Rooke has painted cottages on the main approach road to Avallon, in north-eastern France. The town itself is perched on the hill to the right, and the surrounding valley, which Ruskin called 'the sweetest ever made by heaven' is clearly visible in the background. This work is more schematic than most of Rooke’s drawings in Sheffield’s Ruskin Collection. He has used a limited colour palette, with light and shadowed areas created using different strengths of the same colour. Possibly this relates to a comment in one of Ruskin’s lectures: 'usually, light and shade are thought of as separate from colour; but the fact is that all nature is seen as a mosaic composed of gradated portions of [colour]’
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