Clowes: the Role of Sketches in the Development of Paintings

We are very grateful to Rob Gosselink for lending his beautiful 1868 painting by Caroline Clowes to the exhibition, Fertile Ground: the Hudson Valley Animal Paintings of Caroline Clowes. We have been able to locate three preparatory sketches Clowes developed (dated and signed in the summer of 1868) in advance of the painting (also dated 1868). This gives us great insight into how she assembled a narrative, where she was true to nature, and where she took some liberties!

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