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Drawing Room, Speke Hall, Lancashire

Date:

1874-78

Artist:

Joseph Nash
English, 1808-1878

About this artwork

Narcissa Thorne collected watercolors by Joseph Nash, including this one depicting a drawing room in Speke Hall, a historic house in Lancashire County in England. Thorne used works like this as inspiration for the Thorne Miniature Rooms. Unlike Thorne, Nash populated his watercolors with joyful figures enjoying cozy fires amid clutter suggesting relaxed, lived-in environments. Nash’s approach to these scenes, set some 200 years before his birth, was decidedly nostalgic: he referred to the 17th century as “the Olden Times” and applied a 19th century eye to the social interactions he imagined for the settings. He based some architectural elements off surviving examples, but others he took from Victorian restorations or adaptations of Renaissance interiors.

Status

On View, Gallery 10

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Joseph Nash

Title

Drawing Room, Speke Hall, Lancashire

Place

England (Artist's nationality)

Date

1874–1878

Medium

Watercolor and gouache, with pen and black ink, heightened with white gouache, over graphite, on cream wove card

Dimensions

33.3 × 47.9 cm (13 1/8 × 18 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. James Ward Thorne

Reference Number

1940.917

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