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image of Moonlight on the Yare John Crome (artist)
British, 1768 - 1821
Moonlight on the Yare, c. 1816/1817
oil on canvas
overall: 98.4 x 125.7 cm (38 3/4 x 49 1/2 in.) framed: 122.4 x 149.9 x 9.2 cm (48 3/16 x 59 x 3 5/8 in.)
Paul Mellon Collection
1983.1.39
On View
From the Tour: Britain's Royal Academy of Art in the Late 1700s and Early 1800s
Object 1 of 8

Conservation Notes

The coarse canvas is plain woven; it has been lined. The absence of cusping except along the right edge suggests that the dimensions may be slightly altered; although the work is only a little smaller than a standard canvas size, 40 x 50 in., the original painting might have extended an inch or so farther at the top, where the tips of the branches are truncated. The ground is light beige. The painting is executed in rich, fluid, translucent scumbles with thicker wet into wet blending in the sky and whites, and some palette-knifelike passages in the tree trunk and interstices of the foliage on the left; the ground is used as a middle tone. The paint surface is slightly solvent abraded and has been very slightly flattened during lining; paint losses are minimal. The older natural resin varnish has been partially removed from the trees and foliage and completely removed in the sky. The moderately thick top layer of synthetic varnish has not discolored.

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