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  • In the last decades of the eighteenth century, the vogue for the Picturesque reshaped the conventions of topographical drawing; new aesthetic and sensory concerns were grafted onto its longstanding informational role. The straightforward presentation of antiquaries by the Bucks was replaced in the watercolors of Thomas Hearne, Michael Rooker, and Edward Dayes by images carefully calculated to enhance sublime or picturesque qualities of the site. In place of the distant "prospects" that were a Buck specialty, these artists took the viewer right into the fashionable precincts of the city or created far-off atmospheric vistas that provided a sense of the grandeur or the metropolis without enumerating its landmarks. The watercolors by Thomas Hearne and Edward Dayes record new fashionable urban developments. Queen Square is one of four watercolors by Dayes of great squares that were such a striking feature of Georgian London. Dayes exhibited Queen Square along with Grosvenor Square (untraced) at the royal Academy in 1787. These two together with views of Bloomsbury square (Sotheby's 20 March 2000) and Hanover Square (British Museum), were engraved in 1787 and 1789. Hearne's View of bath from Spring Gardens, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1792, shows the view from the newly laid-out Spring Gardens, looking across the River Avon to John Wood's South Parade on the left and down the river to Robert Adam's Pulteney Bridge. Both Dayes and Hearne populate their urban views with a range of social types but give pride of place to elegant figures who help define the character of these new urban spaces.
  • Bibliograpic reference ::
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Eric Shanes, More art on the Line, The Royal Academy's Antique Room in the exhibition of 1792, Burlington Magazine, vol.150,no.1261, April 2008, pp. 224-231, fig. 12, N1 B87 + (YCBA)
  • Dimension height :: 30.8cm
  • Dimension width :: 46.0cm
  • Exhibition :: Great British Watercolors from the Paul Mellon Collection at the Yale Center for British Art
  • Exhibition :: Pleasures and Pastimes
  • Exhibition :: The Line of Beauty : British Drawings and Watercolors of the Eighteenth Century
  • Exhibition :: The Pursuit of Happiness - A View of Life in Georgian England
  • Located in :: New Haven
  • Located in :: Not on view
  • Located in :: YCBA, 222, C 14, H- 3
  • Located in :: Yale Center for British Art
  • Object type :: drawing
  • Object type :: watercolor
  • Subject Concept :: Palladian
  • Subject Concept :: architectural subject
  • Subject Concept :: barges
  • Subject Concept :: boating
  • Subject Concept :: boats
  • Subject Concept :: bridge (built work)
  • Subject Concept :: buildings
  • Subject Concept :: children
  • Subject Concept :: city
  • Subject Concept :: cityscape
  • Subject Concept :: dogs (animals)
  • Subject Concept :: family
  • Subject Concept :: fancy dress
  • Subject Concept :: food
  • Subject Concept :: landscape
  • Subject Concept :: leisure
  • Subject Concept :: men
  • Subject Concept :: picnic
  • Subject Concept :: playing
  • Subject Concept :: reflections
  • Subject Concept :: river
  • Subject Concept :: sitting
  • Subject Concept :: trees
  • Subject Concept :: weir
  • Subject Concept :: women
  • Subject Place :: Avon
  • Subject Place :: Bath
  • Subject Place :: Bath and Northeast Somerset
  • Subject Place :: England
  • Subject Place :: Europe
  • Subject Place :: Pulteney Bridge
  • Subject Place :: United Kingdom
  • ...
  • Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
  • View of Bath from Spring Gardens