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Ralph Albert Blakelock

American Art

Although Blakelock is better known for his eccentric, moonlit landscapes, he did practice conventional sketching in the manner of Hudson River School painters. In this sheet torn from a sketchbook, the artist captured the general composition in pencil, probably en plein air, and then painted over the initial sketch. His pencil outlines and descriptive notations—such as “warm gray” and “floating cirrus”—are still visible through the watercolor in the clouds.
MEDIUM Transparent and opaque watercolors and graphite on cream wove paper
  • Place Made: United States
  • DATES July 1, 1876
    DIMENSIONS 6 1/2 x 4 1/4 in. (16.5 x 10.8 cm)
    SIGNATURE Signed lower right: "R A Blakelock"
    INSCRIPTIONS Pencil inscriptions and color notations throughout sheet, some are obscured by watercolor and are only visible with infrared photography: upper left "floating cirrus / Blue" and "light cloud / back"; upper right "Blue" and "warm gray / against / del. pur [i.e., delicate purple]"; in center "palette edge," "gold" and "warm / Purple"; along bottom edge (obscured by watercolor): "Sunset July 1st. 1876"
    COLLECTIONS American Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. E. Le Grand Beers in memory of Edwin Beers
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