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Archway at Fonte
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Archway at Fonte

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This work in watercolour and chalk shows an archway in the continental town of Fonte. Bone’s first prolonged trip abroad was spent in Italy between 1910 and 1912. He travelled to Holland the following year and from the 1920s to 1930s he visited Spain, France, Turkey and Sweden, producing both etchings and watercolours during his trips. There are towns called Fonte in both Italy and Spain, therefore we do not have an exact date for this work as it could have been produced at any time between 1910 and 1930 during Bone’s travels. Bone has made effective use of chiaroscuro in his depiction of the shady archways, contrasting the darkened areas of the arches with the shafts of sunlight falling in between.

Glossary Open


Derived from the Italian for "light-dark", describes the effect of light and dark in a work of art, especially when they are in strong contrast. It is a term particularly associated with painting of the 17th century.


A form of printmaking in which a metal plate is covered with a substance called a 'ground', usually wax, into which an image is drawn with a needle. Acid is applied, eroding the areas of the plate exposed but not the areas covered by wax. The action of the acid creates lines in the metal plate that hold the ink from which a print is made when the plate is pressed against paper under pressure.


A paint with colouring and binding agents diluted with water. It has a transparent quality and is usually applied to paper.

Chiaroscuro, Etching, Watercolour


  • Acc. No. GMA 936
  • Medium Black chalk and watercolour on paper
  • Size 22.00 x 25.50 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Sir Alexander Maitland 1965