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Collection of the Guild of St George, Museums Sheffield
Study of Narcissus papyraceus and tazetta
Date Made/Found: 1872
Artist: Charlotte Catharine Murray , British, born 1840
Material and Medium: watercolour on paper
Dimensions: Mount: 622 x 455mm Support: 300 x 220mm
Department: Ruskin
Accession Number: CGSG00732
Ruskin admired Murray’s botanical illustrations. He wrote about one of her works; ‘It is quite impossible to see better painting than this, in the uniting of instantaneously right contour with consummately tender, yet effective laying of colour. In absolute quality of colour, it is incomplete, but in texture, even at this stage, unsurpassable; and generally, the same may be said of all Miss Murray’s flower-paintings.’ He felt that flower studies were important to art because the artist needed supreme artistic skill to capture the many colours correctly and high powers of observation to see the colour and delicacy of the flowers accurately. He himself used the narcissus as a tool to teach drawing, as it was easy to study yet difficult to draw. He found them beautiful, yet complained about the ugliness of the 'brown paper' sheath between the flower and the stem.
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