Hampstead: A Sketch from Nature
Date: 1857
Medium: Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on paper
Dimensions: 5 1/2 × 9 in. (14 × 22.9 cm) frame: 12 5/8 × 16 1/4 in. (32.1 × 41.3 cm)
Credit Line: Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Memorial, 1935
Object Number: 1935-37
About: In the first volume of Modern Painters (1843), John Ruskin advised the “Artists of England” to “go to nature…rejecting nothing, selecting nothing, and scorning nothing.” In this scene of the view outside his window in Hampstead on the outskirts of London, Ford Madox Brown closely documents the rapidly changing landscape of England that took place during the Industrial Revolution. The scene is rendered with microscopic accuracy, encapsulating Ruskin's plea for close observation and replication.
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