Greyfriars Tower, King's Lynn

Thomas Hearne,

WAG 8145

About this object

Hearne was both a watercolourist and an engraver. His tinted drawings were made by applying a delicate warm wash over grey underpainting. He was hugely skilled at blending washes to create delicate changes in tone to create form and atmosphere. His work was often regarded as old fashioned.

The watercolour was made sometime before 1808 when Greyfriars Tower was altered.

Hearne was fascinated by architecture. He like to draw buildings of all sizes, including ruins, grand ecclesiastical buildings and small domestic homes. In later life he became interested in the survival of smaller, pre-Industrial buildings such as mills as he felt they represented a simpler life.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Thomas Hearne (British, born:1744-09-22, died:1817-04-13)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Pen; Ink; Watercolour; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 18 cm x 25 cm
  • Physical description
    A watercolour view with Greyfriars Tower on the left with a small fence in front and a tree within its boundary. Animals graze in the centre near a stone wall leading to the right. A church and other buildings can be seen in the distance.
  • Related people
    Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire (Previous owner) ; Fine Art Society (Previous owner) ; H C Green (Previous owner) ; Thomas Hearne (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 8145
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by C F J Beausire in 1972
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

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    Publisher: Walker Art Gallery, Printed by Elliot Bros. & Yeoman Ltd
    Date: 1970


Previous owners

  • Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1972
    Disposal method: Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery in 1972
  • Fine Art Society

    Owned from: 1961
    How acquired: Purchased from Sotheby's on 18 October 1961, Lot 79
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • H C Green

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1961
    Disposal method: Sold at Sotheby's on 18 October 1961, Lot 79


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