Autobiographical drawing, Alpine Scene
John Wharlton Bunney
Date Made/Found: 1876-1878
, British, 1828 - 1882
Material and Medium: pen and ink on paper
Dimensions: Image size: 105 x 168mm
Mount: 210 x 304mm
Support: 197 x 282mm
Accession Number: CGSGB76
This is one of a number of 'autobiographical' drawings in the Bunney Collection, which forms part of the Ruskin Collection. They are all small-scale pen and ink drawings and most of them show scenes in the French and Italian Alps where Bunney often travelled to paint and carry out commissions. The black border that is seen here surrounds all the drawings and often there are two images to one sheet of paper.
Together, these drawings provide a fascinating illustration of the life of a travelling artist in the late 1800s. Because they are all produced in pen and ink, they appear very similar to the engraved works of different artists and writers who published accounts of their travels earlier in the 1800s, such as JMW Turner's illustrations for Hakewill's 'Picturesque tour of Italy'. Books such as these were the popular 'travel-writing' of the period.